Dirty Bird with Owen Fitzgerald

Grab your mama and a picnic and come out to the farm for this Mother’s Day early show.

Dirty Bird hails from the concrete woodlands of New York City, and consists of Christie Belanger, Melissa Escudero, Natasha Thweatt, Nick Katz, Eli Greenhoe and Blake Suben. With roots going back to New York’s renowned arts school LaGuardia High School, the members of Dirty Bird reconnected in 2016, and in true New York style bring a wide variety of musical backgrounds—ranging from jazz to bluegrass to classical—together in one vibrant and wholly original folk sound.

Since forming, the band has presented powerful performances to venues including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Mass MoCa and Radio Bean, and the Northside Music Festival. Dirty Bird brings both new and long-devoted audiences intimate, poetic lyrics charged by three-part harmony and lively, distinctive arrangements. Soulful, harmonious, and ever-evolving, Dirty Bird’s music redefines what it means to be a folk band.

Owen Fitzgerald is a short story author who plays guitar. His songs are detailed and desperate. They’re dark and funny. They’re sad and joyful. They’re surprising and sharp. What if Flannery O’Connor learned a couple of Neil Young tunes? What if John Prine landed a song onto the Fargo soundtrack? Is it folk music? Sure.


Down Yonder Farm is a small former sheep farm in northern Orange County with a 44-year history of supporting local history and live music. Started by Peter Kramer and Susan Gladin, the farm is now being run by their daughter Jessie Gladdek and her family. While the pandemic has slowed down our plans, we look forward to hosting you for many events to come.

Since we’re primarily a private residence, the specific address will be announced upon ticket registration ahead of the event. For your planning, we’re located 20 minutes from downtown Durham and 15 minutes from downtown Hillsborough, in northern Orange County.


Your ticket registration indicates your agreement with all terms below and acknowledges inherent risks during your visit for yourself and all your guests. Here are some rules and directions to know before you come.

Safety: The following is required for your attendance:

  • You must be vaccinated to attend if age 5 or over.
  • Mask required while inside the Music Building and within 6 feet of others outside.
  • Drive very slowly on our narrow gravel driveway.
  • Follow parking signs and go straight to the Music Building after parking. Do not enter any barns, buildings, the house, or pastures other than the parking field/s and the venue area in the back lawn.
  • This event is for ages 12 and up.
  • No dogs or other pets.


  • Sturdy shoes for pasture parking
  • Your mask
  • Proof of vaccination and I.D.
  • Thank you for helping us host a safe and fun event!

—Jessie and the DYF fam


May 08 2022


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Hillsborough, NC
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