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A founding member of Philadelphia’s psych-folk group Espers, Meg Baird strips away the psych for her first solo album and records a pure, unadorned folk album that would fit comfortably alongside the Folkways catalog or the traditional releases of the 1960s Vanguard label. The rightful contemporaries for Dear Companion are not anything from 2007 — not even her peers in the freak-folk movement — but the early works of Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina, Judy Collins and Sandy Denny. Baird tackles traditional material (“Dear Companion,” “The Cruelty of Barbary Allen,” “Sweet William and Fair Ellen,” “Willie O’Winsbury”), obscure, well-chosen covers (Chris Thompson’s “River Song,” Jimmy Webb’s “Do What You Gotta Do”) and two originals (“Riverhouse in Tinicum,” “Maiden in the Moor Lay”) that could have come from centuries past. Baird double-tracks and harmonizes with herself, supporting most of these songs with little more than beautifully finger-picked acoustic guitar, the occasional dulcimer and random percussion. It’s an unexpected, unpretentious delight.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good

I like her sound, it's kind of refreshing. I think Dear Companion is definitely worth a listen.

Heartachingly, exquisitely beautiful

Her voice, her guitar playing, the subtle production treatments, and the choices of material are all top-notch. I saw her perform at Boston's MFA the other night. Also love her band, Espers. Meg Baird is the real thing.

Dear Companion

Really new and fun.


Born: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As a member of psych-folk outfit Espers, half of the family duo the Baird Sisters, and as a solo artist, Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Meg Baird has lent her lovely voice to a variety of folk-based projects. Baird's true roots are deeply entwined in the Celtic/Anglo folk traditions as well as in American; she's well-versed in traditional ballads and songs, and her delicate, crystalline lilt fits perfectly in that milieu. Still, Baird is better known within the indie and underground rock scene...
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