Playful witticisms and breathtaking harmonies brought New York’s Highline Ballroom to life this past Saturday, with Lowland Hum and Penny & Sparrow bringing their southern charm and enchanting duets to the Big Apple. While it can be awkward to eat dinner while watching a show, both artists found a way to break the tension with fun anecdotes, improvised songs and interacting with the crowd. Folk duo Lowland Hum opened the show, bringing light, wondrous melodies and harmonies that filled the room with warmth. Their honest humor and genuineness was refreshing, especially when they took the time to engage fans between songs, answering questions and giving the crowd an opportunity to respond to the set.
Penny & Sparrow took the stage soon after, immediately lighting up even the darkest corners of the room with their etherial harmonies. Playing a mix of both old songs and new, the duo captivated everyone in the room with each note they played—including a Whitney Houston cover. Between each song, Penny & Sparrow had the crowd erupting in laughter. Their narratives and commentaries were as clever and poetic as every lyric they write. As a special encore, the duo brought Lowland Hum on stage to perform a song together, bringing the crowd to their feet as the four-part harmonies sent chills down everyones spines. Penny & Sparrow have just begun their journey touring their latest release, Wendigo, and it was truly a privilege to be a part of it for the night.