The Bridgebuilders

The Bridgebuilders

 Medford, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkRock

Energetic and powerful rhythmic folk-rock band from Boston. Featuring a trademark three-fiddle assault, the band have created their own musical language rooted in trad folk and futuristic groove. Playing onstage together as one body, the Bridgebuilders hit home like a fun-loving wrecking ball.

Biography

The Bridgebuilders are part of a new wave of folk-inspired musicians putting their own stamp on traditional styles. Transcending the boundaries of traditional folk music, the Bridgebuilders began working out their trademark sound, the energetic and musical interaction between six players with years of experience playing together, lending to tunes that are both danceable and listenable. Before too long, the Bridgebuilders incorporated influences from bluegrass, jazz, roots blues, and 20th century classical music, exciting crowds up and down the East Coast from Maryland to Maine and causing the outbreak of an embarrassing number of dance parties.

The combined force of the band is capable of a wide range of intricate musical interplay, artfully blending tight arrangements with very loose, improvisational excursions, creating a show that is both impressive in its preparedness as well as the exact opposite, in the band's live creativity and venturesome spirit.

Throughout their six year tenure as a band, they have persisted in demonstrating their unique vision of what happens when close friends with wild, energetic personalities combine and collaborate to create something greater than any single one could.

Nurtured by Boston's rich traditional music scene, these seven close friends united to pursue an original and progressive artistic vision that would fuse folk roots with pop minimalism and other significant influences.

The band have played as featured performers at the annual Boston Celtic Music Fest, Outside the Box Festival, and community events and festivals in the greater Boston area, as well as played with such nationally and internationally touring acts as Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Dana Fuchs, Greensky Bluegrass, and Hot Buttered Rum.

* Voted 3rd in The Deli Magazine's Best Emerging New England Band of 2012

* In-House Resident Band for Club Radio, October 2013, Somerville MA

Lyrics

Singin' to Do

Written By: Guy Carawan / The Bridgebuilders

Singin’ to do

Oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

Oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

I sing about my friend the sun
Who will guide my way ‘till the work gets done
and take my soul the whole day through
Well don’t take me lord, I’ve got some singin’ to do

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

I sing about my friend the moon
Who will guide my way the whole damn darkness through
and make my soul the whole night through
Well don’t take me lord, I’ve got some singin’ to do

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

I sing about my friend the rain
Who will guide my way on this not so sunny day
and make my soul the whole time through
Well don’t take me lord, I’ve got some singin’ to do

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

Well oh lord, oh lord
I got some singin’ to do
Well don’t take me lord
Please don’t take me soon, oh lord

Little Sadie

Written By: Doc Watson / The Bridgebuilders

Went out last night to make a little round
I met Little Sadie and I shot her down
I went back home, I jumped into bed
The thoughts of Little Sadie running through my head

Woke up in the morning about half past nine
Oh hacks in the buggers they were standing in line
-
Oh taking Little Sadie to the burying ground

Ooh what a lady
Little Sadie gonna make you mine
Ooh what a lady
Little Sadie gonna make you mine
Ooh what a lady
Little Sadie gonna make you mine
Ooh what a lady
Oh Little Sadie now

I began to think what a deed I’ve done
I grabbed my hat and away I run
Made a good run, just a little too slow
They overtook me in Jericho

I was sitting in a corner, I was -
When up stepped the sheriff from -
He said, “Young man, is your name Brown
Remember the night you shot Sadie down”

Ooh what a lady
Little Sadie gonna make you mine
Ooh what a lady
Little Sadie gonna make you mine
Ooh what a lady
Little Sadie gonna make you mine
Ooh what a lady
Oh Little Sadie now

Took me downtown and dressed me in black
Put me on the train and started me back
All the way back to Thomasville
I had no money to forgo my bail

Judge and the jury took their stand
The judge had his papers in his right hand
Forty-one days, forty-one nights
Oh forty-one years to wear the ball and the stripes

The World at All (Banana Song)

Written By: C. Murray / The Bridgebuilders

I’ll come check back again
It seemed good in my head
I’ve been waiting for some time to tell
And did you even know
I was available,
Or even in your goddamn world at all

Was in your world at all
That I was in your world at all

I see the visions of
The things that could become
But I’ve been known to be irrational
And who’d have thought I’d say
So much of anything
Or even share these goddamn words at all

Was in your world at all.
That I was, in your world at all.

I see things they are beautiful now
Girl won't you come and be my sunshine

Come bring your light to me
And drop some day on this dim dark world of mine

That I was in your world at all

Discography

"Wood" EP - July 2013

"Shady Grove // Devil's Fool" 12" single - March 2013

"Love in Vain" EP - August 2012

"Little Sadie" EP - April 2012

"Christening McHaggis" LP - August 2008

Set List

Our repertoire has a good balance of instrumental tunes and vocal-based songs.
Our shows are high energy, and we focus on keeping a good groove.
Fans tend to break out in spontaneous dance.

A typical set is 60 to 90 minutes.