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Breathe Owl Breathe heads to Orpheum

December 1, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Fresh off a combination children's book and 7" vinyl, East Jordan, Mich.-natives Breathe Owl Breathe are making a stop at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock.

The trio is composed of guitarist/vocalist Micah Middaugh, cellist/vocalist Andra Moreno-Beals and percussionist Trevor Hobbs, and brings a unique brand of music to the Orpheum at 8 p.m. Wednesday for an all-ages show.

"I think the broad category that's easiest for people to think of (for us) is indie-folk," Moreno-Beals said. "There are a lot of acoustic instruments, and we also like to experiment with Casio sounds and drum machines.

"It isn't strictly acoustic folk music," she continued. "There's something modern about it."

Called "the soundtrack to the Brothers Grimm, a lively stroll through the enchanted forest" by J. Edward Keyes of eMusic, Breathe Owl Breathe boasts five albums in addition to the children's book/7" and an EP. A theme of nature weaves its way through the band's music, and is evidenced by the percussion used by Hobbs.

"I play drums, percussion and keyboards, and nestle them all together in a contraption around me," Hobbs said.

The children's book/7" was a few years in the making, and was Middaugh's idea and creation.

"The last couple winters I carved away and worked on some block prints," Middaugh said. "The idea was to have a song and story that works as both.

"One side (of the 7") you can wake up to, and one side you can go to sleep to."

Each book was individually crafted, and all printing and assembly was done in Michigan.

Little Wings will be the supporting act for Wednesday's show. For more information on Breathe Owl Breathe, visit



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