The Currys

The Currys

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Family band with tight vocal harmonies, thoughtful songwriting, and a strong emphasis on rollicking live performance.

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Biography

The Currys are a home-grown acoustic folk trio born and bred in the Florida panhandle. Incorporating elements of country, bluegrass, blues, and rock, the Currys music showcases tight vocal harmonies, thoughtful songwriting, and a strong emphasis on rollicking live performance. They've been featured on PBS, toured Ireland, guest starred during the headlining set of the 60th Florida Folk Fest, and collected a full back-up band. The Currys have a well stocked library of original songs including three solo records and an eponymous EP. With a love of live performance, you can catch The Currys serenading crowds up and down the East Coast.

In the process of funding our first full-length album: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1396350862/the-currys/

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:

Selected for From the Heart Music Hour 2012 tour of Ireland

Invited onstage with country star Billy Dean for his headlining set at the 60th Florida Folk Festival

Featured in From the Heart Music Hour episodes 1-7

Successful Kickstarter campaign to make Galen's 2nd record in 2012

Winner of the 2010 First Amendment Writes Competition (http://www.tjcenter.org/writes/)

July 2010 featured artist on www.statushat.org

Galen & Jimmy selected as finalists in Songwriter Shootout at Ashland Coffee and Tea

Notable Venues Played (in no particular order):
Charlottesville Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA.
Redneck Games Festival Mainstage, Malone, NY.
Yellow Fever Music Festival Mainstage (2009, 2010), Port St. Joe, FL.
Monticello Opera House, Monticello, FL.
Florida Folk Fest (2012, 2013), White Springs, FL
FloydFest X (2010), Floyd, VA.
Florida Scallop & Music Festival (2013), Port St. Joe, FL.
Alphabet Lounge, NYC
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall, Charlottesville, VA.
Jammin' Java , Vienna, VA.
The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA.
The Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL.
The Sand Hill Stage, Gainesville, FL.
The Van Dyck, Schenectady, NY.
Ewell Recital Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Potsdam Summer Festival Mainstage, Potsdam, NY.
All Asia Club, Boston, MA.
Higher Ground, Burlington, VT.
ILBBQ Festival Mainstage, Lake Placid, NY.
Sunken Gardens, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Posh, Sopchoppy, FL.
Dolan's Pub, Limerick, Ireland
2012 Rose of Tralee Festival, Tralee, Ireland
Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
The Meridian, Williamsburg, VA.
La Casbah, Potsdam, NY.
The Raw Bar, Indian Pass, FL.
Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe, FL.
Thirteen, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Akwesasne, NY.

Lyrics

Ghost Song

Written By: Galen Curry

I was modeled after generals, athletes, doctors, and supermen,
but the oven wasn't hot enough to bake my clay into a final mold,
so the slightest breeze can change my very character,
and a kiss alters my view of the world,

I was formed by inspiration, acclimation, observation, imitation,
like any mortal soul who thinks he's made himself into some kind of man,
but you just can't depend on human calibration,
try to define everything that I am,

So I get stuck in these lives and convince myself that I belong,
but the foundation I build on the truth always seems to be wrong,
then I think about the men I admire and try to be close,
I look back and pretend I lived all the lives that I loved the most,
but now all those lives are the ghost of a ghost of a ghost of a ghost of a ghost

I was raised by wise old patriarchs, mothers, sisters, and brothers,
what they do unto me I try and pass to my friends and my lovers,
but we're so small and confused, we see everything in different colors,
and what good is a golden rule if it don't apply to others,

So I get stuck in these lives and convince myself that I belong,
but the foundation I build on the truth always seems to be wrong,
then I think about the men I admire and try to be close,
I look back and pretend I lived all the lives that I loved the most,
but now all those lives are the ghost of a ghost of a ghost of a ghost of a ghost

Virginia

Written By: Galen Curry

You've been all kinds of places,
you've felt all kinds of joy,
you smiled in San Diego,
I missed you in Detroit,
And all your plans to run away,
to some far exotic land,
they always seemed to make more sense,
the harder you clutched my hands,
and I'm sure in Puerto Rico we'd find things to do,
but it's Virginia where I fell in love with you,

I wish I'd been to Boise,
on some old forgotten quest,
my life would be romantic,
in the wild untamed west,
I'd sing about El Paso,
lose my mind in Santa Cruz,
would've spent some time in prison,
sleeping off the booze,
but with all these lies, know one thing is true,
it's Virginia where I fell in love with you,

And you know I'd follow you anywhere,
it don't matter where you roam,
if you end up in Kentucky,
then Kentucky is my home,
I might just be nostalgic,
have trouble letting go,
but everywhere there's rivers,
and those rivers always flow,
and I'll remember in all these places, as we pass through
it's Virginia where I fell in love with you.

Brand New Blue

Written By: Galen Curry

I could live without you, I used to do it all the time,
you know before I met you, you were rarely on my mind,
I could transfer my obsession to a girl roughly your size,
or I could dream up another you, with diamonds in her eyes,
or I could curse your name for hours, from the highest mountaintop,
or I could give my life to the lord, just give him all I've got,

But I think that I'd rather stick around with you,
if it's all the same, lets play it safe for a while or two,
I don't want to discover a brand new blue,
oh cause baby, I've got nothing but love for you,

I could start a business, hire my heart out by phone,
or I could steal all of your pictures and pretend I'm not alone,
or I could just be open, about the way things really are,
girl if you ever left me, there would be no simple scars,
I'd just be a fragile flower, drop my petals to the ground,
i would wilt into oblivion, with a quiet, whimpering sound,
I would lose all of my color, everything just fades away,
I could live without you baby, maybe for a couple days,

Oh but I think that I'd rather stick around with you,
if it's all the same, lets play it safe for a while or two,
I don't want to discover a brand new blue,
oh cause baby, I've got nothing but love for you.

Man In Love With You

Written By: Galen Curry

It'll never be the case that his attachment to a place was more than homesick, no matter how strong,
But it's sad that the house he was born in, the house he was raised in, ain't where he belongs,
and there's all this movin' round from bigger town to bigger town, maybe prove to your friends that you've grown,
But he couldn't help but think he was balanced on the brink of betraying everything he's loved and known,

Come on now, she said, life's not the tragedy you paint,
and he said, sometimes it's hard to know what you are and what you ain't,

I ain't no lone wolf, I ain't no flock of sheep, I ain't lived long enough to be the me I wanna be,
I ain't no homebody, I ain't no busybody, I ain't met nobody not trying to be somebody,
I ain't no congressional caucus, I ain't no diplodocus,
no, no, no, no, no, no, I'm the man in love with you

It'll never be the case, the revelations that he's made are more than human, no matter how inspired,
But his reality is framed, by the thoughts that bear his name, conducted by a string of fragile golden wire,
And as everything unwinds, reveals the limits of his mind, he hopes that golden wire will carry something more,
so he hears thoughts, and reads thoughts, and makes thoughts, and has the thought, maybe everything he's thought's been thought before,

Come on now, she said, life's not the tragedy you paint,
and he said, sometimes it's hard to know what you are and what you ain't,

I ain't no lone wolf, I ain't no flock of sheep, I ain't lived long enough to be the me I wanna be,
I ain't no homebody, I ain't no busybody, I ain't met nobody not trying to be somebody,
I ain't no congressional caucus, I ain't no diplodocus,
no, no, no, no, no, no, I'm the man in love with you

I ain't no space traveler, I ain't no waste of space, I ain't seen nothing like the sunlight across your face,
I ain't no placeholder, I ain't no bookend, no no no no no no, I'm the man in love with you.

Water From the Well

Written By: Jimmy Curry

I'll fetch the water from the well now, darling
if you'll watch the burners on the stove
and light some candles as the night grows quiet
don't this feel like home

let's not go to town on monday, baby
no let's not return at all
'cause they don't have a thing i can't find here
and there is nowhere i need to go

won't you come a little closer
there is nothing you should fear
i turned the pictures on the mantle
so they can't see what we do here

the wooden stairs up to the front door baby
with the cracks we've known so well
but will they last, you kiss my shoulder saying
"only time will tell"

won't you come a little closer
there is nothing you should fear
i turned the pictures on the mantle
so they can't see what we do here
won't you lay down with me baby
let me hold you tight right now
and when you get that morning yearning
come and fill me with your sound

i'll fetch the water from the well now darling
if you'll watch the burners on the stove

Discography

"The Way The World Works", July 2012 (Galen solo record)
"The Currys", April 2011
"Some Perspective", June 2010 (Galen solo record)
"Good Fences", January 2010 (Tommy solo record)

Set List

Happy to play sets full of covers and originals for up to four hours as an acoustic act or with a full band.

Performance Options-
Acoustic Trio: Emphasis on vocal harmonies and showcasing songs as they were written.
Full Band: Exciting arrangements, electric instrumentation, full drum kit, and a high energy performance.