As a perpetual fan, and evolving artist, I always find myself face to face with songs. Performing regionally in either solo, duo, or full band form, Ponybird has shared the bill with notable acts such as Vetiver, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Blood Warrior, Alexander Turnquist, Arborea, Violent Mae, and M.T. Bearington. Our music combines Americana, folk, ambient, and rock influences with a strong emphasis on lyrics and vocals.
Influenced by the emotional roots of country, the confessional poetry of folk, and the spatial freedom of ambient and harmonic tones, Ponybird is the solo project of Jennifer Dauphinais, an evolving artist who translates something both introspective and infinite all at once. The heart of Ponybird is derived from a central singer-songwriter focus, with a tribe of players that satellite the work. This format allows the flexibility for booking the project as a solo, duo, or full-band performance.
Both home-recorded releases, Climb Yourself Up, and Full Cold Moon, were chosen as Top Ten Releases of the Year by the New Haven Register. Listening to Ponybird, puts the audience on the verge of discovering . A third release, Modest Quarters, was produced and recorded at Dirt Floor Studios in Chester, CT, and released in 2015. A fourth release, Cathartes Aura, is expected out in 2016.
Dauphinais is known for performing with folk-roots innovator, Christina Abbott in their duo, The Karner Blues, as well as heavy rock bands, Belle Starr, The Editors, and Spider & Fly. Dauphinais also wrote for the New Haven Advocate entertainment section, and hosted a radio show on WYBC 1340 AM with co-host Craig Gilbert. As Daylight Photography, she is best known for capturing bands behind the lens (see Crooked Hook's album cover The Captain Will Be Your Guide ) and continues to ghost write for local venues, labels, and independent bands.
In The Threads, Single 2014
Modest Quarters, Spring 2014
Full Cold Moon, 2008
Climb Yourself Up, 2007