The Erins

The Erins

BandFolkAcoustic

The Erins original music and rich harmonies show glimmers of Gillian Welch and The Be Good Tanyas. When Cole-Baker busts out the banjo you may think Sufjan Stevens or even Joni Mitchell, but their sound stands on it's own and is not to be missed.

Biography

Since heading stateside from New Zealand in 2005, Erin Cole-Baker has been bringing her heavenly vocals and home-cooked, handmade chord progressions to various venues on the west coast. After wandering into fellow Erin (Zurflu) in the sweet mountain air of Central Oregon, the two immediately bonded while dabbling in the local bluegrass scene. They played a mix of old standards, pop covers, and increasing amounts of original material by Cole-Baker. Their seamless vocal harmonies developed effortlessly and the instrumentation followed suit as Zurflu detoured her violin skills off the classical highway and followed Cole-Baker down the less trodden and often unknown road of the singer/songwriter. They agreed to call themselves The Erins, and thus the duo was born.

The Erins quickly gathered great press and a very loyal following and kept a busy schedule playing shows in Zurflu’s home town of Bend, Oregon. Shortly following the release of their first full length album, The Year of Hello and Goodbye, The Erins set out to move to the east coast, playing music, selling CD’s, and gathering a new fan base along the way.

The Erins have high hopes of making the world a better place, simply starting by sharing their music with everyone they can.

"The Erins (Erin Cole-Baker and Erin Zurflu) combined to form one of the most talented and imaginative acoustic/folk bands we've heard in a long time. The guitar and violin work is exact, yet unpredictable. There is an obvious musical-bond between these two. Their music is natural, not forced and their harmonies are a perfect match. The instrumentals are just as thought-inducing as their lyrics. "
Bendnights.com - 2007

"The Erins are a magical combination of beautifully crafted songs and gifted musical ability on their respective instruments.
Served on a platter of natural harmony, their music lifts the soul and is delivered with such a passion that it is very difficult not to utterly fall beneath their delightfull spell.
Once heard, never forgotten!"

Andrew White - August 2007

Lyrics

Run

Written By: Erin Cole-Baker

I've got my head on these open pages
I've got my hand on the keys
And when I'm up I fall so much harder
It's the journey, they say that makes us stronger

Ch
and I want to run
I've got nowhere to hide
July couldn't come any faster
this is our only life
and we've got to use it
today is the start of a new day
please help me try

I start seeing all the good things about you
I'll be counting all my life
when I look up I get so much stronger
I am so weak on my own

Ch
and I want to run
I've got nowhere to hide
July couldn't come any faster
this is our only life
and we've got to use it
today is the start of a new day
please help me try

And I want to run
I want to run
I want to run....

Ch
and I want to run
I've got nowhere to hide
July couldn't come any faster
this is our only life
and we've got to use it
and I want to run
I've got nowhere to hide
July couldn't come any faster
this is our only life
and we've got to use it
today is the start of a new day
please help me try

please help me try
please help me try
please help me try

Broken Top

Written By: Erin Cole-Baker

I'm like a tree in Autumn
My leaves they fall for you
A friend you've been for many years
the best you've seen and the worst

Ch
The higher I reach up
I get more of the sun
there will always be bending
looking up we've just begun

You left me on a Sunday afternoon
the snow it fell upon broken top
like a mourning song for you
a white snow blanket of comforting

Ch
The higher I reach up
I get more of the sun
there will always be bending
looking up we've just begun X2

we've just begun

Daniel

Written By: Erin Cole-Baker

Tie my shoes and make a face
undo fear tries to take place
I've got my reasons in my satchel
and I'm on my way

Ch
I feel like Daniel in the lions den
pulling me down but I'm not a surrenderer
I've got a mission on my mind
And I'm coming out alive

Fifty years left if I'm lucky
years go by they make me stronger
and I know life if a short breath
and I'm going to use it

Ch
I feel like Daniel in the lions den
pulling me down but I'm not a surrenderer
I've got a mission on my mind
And I'm coming out alive

Can we walk a little?
Can we talk a little?
Will we grow a little smarter?
I put on my face

Ch
I feel like Daniel in the lions den
pulling me down but I'm not a surrenderer
I've got a mission on my mind
And I'm coming out alive x2

And I'm coming out alive

Gravity

Written By: Erin Cole-Baker

Sometimes I wish that today was tomorrow
I'm sorry cause that probably hurts you
I look up when I'm feeling so down
and I can't help but think a little harder

Ch
Gravity means that I'll fall right back into you
winter time just doesn't want to end
the rain makes it's weather on me again
I thought I was a tough one but
Gravity means that I'll fall right back into you

Can I yell for an extended bit of time?
Maybe that can be my alibi?
If I'm home will you please come over to me
I'm breathing just a little bit deeper

Ch
Gravity means that I'll fall right back into you
winter time just doesn't want to end
the rain makes it's weather on me again
I thought I was a tough one but
Gravity means that I'll fall right back into you

You're the one who's become all the wiser
This is what we agreed on
There aren't enough hours in the day unless you count the night
This is what we agreed on

Ch
Gravity means that I'll fall right back into you
winter time just doesn't want to end
the rain makes it's weather on me again
I thought I was a tough one but
Gravity means that I'll fall right back into you

Right now I'm hoping again
Give me a glimpse of my future
I'm not saying that I'm not grateful
cause life's a beautiful story written
I'm not saying that I'm not grateful
life's a beautiful story written
life's a beautiful story written

Discography

The Erins "The Year of Hello and Goodbye" 2007

Erin Cole-Baker "Song for Roy" 2005

Set List

A 90 minutes set includes;

Northwind
Gravity
Not too late
Everyone Else
Wildwood
Daniel
Star
Apple Blossoms
Head up
Run
Don't wake me
Can't explain
Borderline
Berries
I'm not asking
Walk on
I can't predict you
Star
Forever
I won't sleep again
Goodbye

Sometimes these songs will be added/substituted....
Heaviest Heart
Empty Eyes
Rain River
Letter
Song For Roy
Searching
Broken Top
Washington
Flying kites.

We will occasionally play a few covers such as;
Carolina - Ryan Adams
Anabelle - Gillian Welch
Only in the past - The Be Good Tanyas
Long ride home - Patty Griffin