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Barn Owls' music takes flight in Hillsboro

Barn Owls -- made up of Brittany Newell, Hanna Traynham and Kate Lichtenstein -- will bring their vintage country sound to the Walters Center Nov. 13.Vintage country group Barn Owls will take the stage at Walters Arts Cultural Center, 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

One late summer evening, musicians Brittany Newell, Hanna Traynham and Kate Lichtenstein spent hours exchanging songs around a woodstove. By the end of the night, they had formed The Barn Owls.

Newell grew up playing classical violin and piano, and learned early on to appreciate the intricacy of old melodies. According to the band’s website, she has been stylistically influenced by ballads and heartfelt songs steeped in the last century, and loves to weave straight traditional tunes into heartbreaking journeys.

Traynham’s distinct Appalachian clawhammer banjo style will transport you to a Mt. Airy Fiddler’s convention campsite. Lichtenstein’s guitar playing mostly follows in the old time tradition of solid rhythm and bass, but she isn’t afraid to take improvisational turns. More recently, Katy Harris has joined the Barn Owls on upright bass — her solid rhythm propels the band’s sound into lively dance music.

Through mixing high-energy dance tunes and beautiful three-part harmonies, the Barn Owls bring their formidable musicianship and inventive spark to the early country music tradition, delivering exciting performances to audiences across the region.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. They can be purchased by calling 503-615-3485 or by going to brownpapertickets.com.