Newly quartetted folk-pop group Girlyman brought their mix of harmonies and insightful songwriting to the Kent Stage mainstage for the 46th Kent State Folk Festival. The band opened the evening, setting a tone that had the audience moving to a folk beat. Now based in Atlanta, the group has added a different flavor to its Brooklyn edge.
The three founding members of Girlyman (Doris Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky, and Tylan Greenstein) have spent more than a decade and singing harmony together - from early days in tiny coffeehouses, through long opening runs with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, all the way to festival main stages and the country's premier acoustic venues. The band, now a quartet with the addition of former Po’ Girl drummer JJ Jones in 2009, feared for its future when Muramatsu was diagnosed with leukemia in late 2010.
The group's latest release, Supernova,acts as an autobiography for this unique time.