Margaret “Munny” Munford ’07, who goes by the stage name Munny Townsend, headlines the indie folk group Munny & the Cameraman with long-time collaborator Jonah Sol Gabry ’07. The duo is touring from Maine to Mississippi in support of their debut self-titled debut album. Joined on tour by William Medina ’07 (bassist) and Harry Schnur ’08 (percussionist), Munny & the Camerman play in Porltand, Maine, tonight, Friday, May 27, at 8:00 PM at Slainte Wine Bar, and tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, at Bard Coffee at 11:00 AM. From their old stomping grounds in Maine, they’ll head south via Boston, Providence, Brooklyn, Philly, D.C., Chapel Hill, Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Jackson.
Born out of an acoustic tradition, Munny & the Cameraman incorporates a uniquely textured mix of instrumental musings and lyrical intensity. What started eight years ago while at Bowdoin has grown into a “beyond-acoustic” partnership-carefully blending styles of Americana folk, blues, jazz and indie-rock. Munny Townsend’s haunting voice and distinctly southern lyricism is buttressed by the experimental boldness of Jonah Sol Gabry’s musical composition. The resulting fusion from this Mississippi singer-songwriter and New York City-born jazzman is a sonic experience that, even on a first listen, feels strangely familiar, like you’ve known them all along, and is “well worth the wait,” as reviews roll in.