The Pour Rabbits
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The Pour Rabbits

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Band Folk Acoustic


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The Pour Rabbits Live - 2005
River of Rocks - Nathan Spears - 2004
Simple Folk and Hero's - Paul Wojtowitz - 2003



The Pour Rabbits are a folk string band consisting of Lee Birt (vocals, mandolin, guitar), Nathan Spears (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Paul Wojtowicz (bass), Dave Rial (vocals, fiddle, guitar), and Karla Ivarson (vocals, banjo, ukulele, guitar). They perform original works as well as covers of other songwriters including Johnny Cash, Jean Ritchie, Webb Pierce, and Bob Dylan. Their fans are known simply as Rabbits and they are multiplying.

The Pour Rabbits were formed over the course of many years while volunteering at the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. Lee, Dave, and Karla have worked on various committees for the Philly Folk Song Society over several years. The group brings decades of musicianship to the stage and have skills honed around many a campfire.

Their name comes from the line “poor wabbit” spoken by Elmer Fudd. The old English spelling represents a mix of old and new, while rabbits represent the common folk. “The Pour Rabbits” embodies music that is both down-to-earth and timeless.

The Pour Rabbits exhibit a true love for all styles of folk music from old time banjo, to taking blues, to contemporary classics. Their up-tempo versions of rock songs such as Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage, presented in a string band format, help create a bridge between traditional folk, bluegrass, and new grass that has proven to attract fans of all ages.

An early highlight of the band was playing the Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA. The current configuration of the band has been playing together since the summer of 2008 and has performed for various charities, schools, and community events. Individually members also have appeared in theater and on radio.

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