Friends of farmers: Anne + Pete Sibley

Last night, bluegrass husband and wife duo Anne and Pete Sibley played at the Ridgefield Playhouse as part of the town's CHIRP concert series. If you've never heard of the Sibleys, then you should listen. Now!

Sometimes, bluegrass can sound a little monotonous, good-old timey and, well, boring. But, not the Sibleys. With only their voices, a guitar and a banjo, the Sibleys offer a refreshing and earnest perspective in their songs. This Connecticut-born couple brings a range of influences to their craft, from their travels throughout the country, the birth of their grandparents' relationship, Wendell Berry and their new life in Wyoming. While their voices are equally clear, their harmonies are hauntingly beautiful and organic. Pete's revival and use of the banjo only brings an added level of authenticity to their music. Their lyrics and songs only reflect their musical and personal journeys, as well as an infectious feeling of hopefulness and lightness without forgetting what is truly important: life, love, and a reverence and respect for others and nature.

So, why post this on a local food blog? Well beyond my obsession with them, some of their songs deal with farming, including "Coming Home," the title track from their latest album:

Anne and Pete Sibley perform "Coming Home" from Annie Jack on Vimeo.

Anne and Pete Sibley are an extremely talented and thoughtful duo that you need to see, hear and experience.