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The best kept secret in music


"multiple reviews!"

"How do you explain "loose but tight" or " melodically funky" ? You don't - you just point to The Spinning Leaves, a fresh new band from Philly that I find indescribably delicious."

Gene Shay - WXPN, Co-Founder - Philadelphia Folk Festival

"Spinning Leaves has proven to be an unmistakable part of the new folk phenomenon in Philadelphia and beyond. Their sound, for one, is a whistle at the start of a great sprint, the bell of human musical freedom: spurts of gang vocals, slide guitars, dulcimers, and foot stomps over America melodies. And still, Spin- ning Leaves, the force, transcends the sound. They connect with artists, organiza- tions and individuals to create movement in the Philadelphia musical landscape. Nearly anywhere you hear of innovative artistic activity, you hear this name in association."

Levi Landis - Executive Director, Philadelphia Folksong Society

"The Spinning Leaves are a fantastically talented duo that play acoustic music with air and warmth and vibrancy. This ain't your old folk. It's new folk steeped in tradition for the modern world."

Bruce Warren - WXPN, Executive Producer, World Cafe on NPR

"The Spinning Leaves defy easy classication - they just make excellent music. Superficially a Folk/Americana duo (Barbara Gettes and Michael Baker), their music is rich enough to lend itself to complex treatment, as witness the lovely brass band accompaniment on "Try Try Try Try Try Try Try." When they stick to a folk/country sound, as with "Bridges for Free," it works just fine. Their music can be wistful or raucous or, I suspect, anything you want. As music oughta be."

Dennis McNally, former publicist of The Grateful Dead

"...I was blown away by some of the other bands on the bills - particularly the stunning The Spinning Leaves. Their song Bridges for Free is jaw-dropping, reminiscent of Desolation Row-Dylan and Return of the Grievous Angel-Gram Parsons with Emmylou. Besides this juggernaut of awesomeness, the song Marigolds is fantastic and a little Vetiver-y, Sad Maggie's a melodic marvel and Transistor Radio is gorgeous pop ditty with Barbara Gettes on lead vocals..."

- Morgan King, Yer Bird Records

"There's a lot of Kentucky in 'em. It had all the right moves to be Appalachian country--harmonies and harmonicas, deep drawl and bent notes. They've only been playing together since October, but are really finding an old and comfortable sound in their new songs."

- Brad Hoffman, from review of our Show at the Tea Bazaar in Charlottesville, VA

- the spinning leaves


LOVE on Ropeadope Records digitally and vinyls to come in mid-December!
We do get air play. Mostly;
'try try try try try' and 'lonely firelfly'

***How do you explain "loose but tight" or " melodically funky" ? You don't - you just point to The Spinning Leaves, a fresh new band from Philly that I find indescribably delicious.’
Gene Shay / WXPN



The Spinning Leaves are a band based out of Philadelphia. They have a record called ‘LOVE’ self produced out of their bedrooms, around campfires, the streets of Philadelphia, and their close friend Raph of (Hezekiah Jones) mom’s house.
The record was produced over the course of a year and a half and includes more than 50 folks from the musical communities of Philadelphia.The Spinning Leaves met on Barbara’s birthday in October of 2006 and started singing the next day. They believe in community and the connections that can form when people look each other in the eyes. . They support with their music important issues such while working with various non profits and grass roots efforts with a wide range of cause.. but a few issues that they are most passionate about are the local food movements, programs to ensure music education for children, and the crafting communities.
The Spinning Leaves were created with a burst of movement and their glow leaves resonates with the many communites they have encountered. They have been gaining recognition by radio stations as well as musical communiteis and music feelers.The Spinning Leaves have recently signed on with Ropeadope Records who released their album LOVE digitally and on vinyl mid-December. So please do keep your ears to the ground and feel the vibrations of The Spinning Leaves!