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Five Letter Word

Mix three singer-songwriters, several stringed instruments, and a variety of percussive techniques, and you get Five Letter Word. This Portland, OR-based trio of powerful women includes Leigh Jones (guitar, percussion), Clara Baker (fiddle, guitar, banjo) and Audra Nemir (bass), who blend their signature harmonies into original songs that span folk to bluegrass to blues and beyond. Recent winners of the 2018 Northwest String Summit Band Competition, Five Letter Word takes inspiration from the harmonic tradition of groups like The Wailin' Jennys, Dixie Chicks, and The Wood Brothers, but add their own special flair to create a sound that is "uniquely infectious” and a show that is “delightful, with a few unexpected twists.” Five Letter Word’s debut album, Siren, will be released in January 2019.

After growing up steeped in musical theater in North Carolina, Leigh Jones earned a Drama degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, then spent several years in the NYC music scene before moving to Portland in 2014. She has toured across the US and abroad, and in the fall of 2012 she released her debut LP, Worth Wild, which showcases the intersection of her theater background and southern roots. With her former band, Portland-based modern bluegrass outfit Crow and the Canyon, Leigh traveled to East Africa on an American Music Abroad tour earlier this year. With an unforgettable voice that has been compared to Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss, Leigh's musical performances show remarkable versatility as she bounces between stringed and percussive instruments, occasionally leaning on her dance background to round out the show, and always lending her clear voice to the melodies and harmonies that form the backbone of the band's sound.

Portland native Clara Baker has toured the US from coast to coast, sharing her original songs, masterful guitar playing, and soulful fiddling with rapt audiences across the country. Her debut album, Temporary Things, came out in June 2015 and was met with widespread radio play, and two months on national folk DJ charts. Clara is years ahead of her time in terms of her songwriting, instrumental ability, and her prominence on the local music scene. Her sophomore solo offering, Things To Burn, is set for release in March 2019.

Audra Nemir's musical journey started with piano, which she played in her high school's jazz band, and choral singing. Several bands and a cappella groups later, she discovered a passion for thumping low notes, and took up the upright bass in 2012. Since then, Audra played in a number of Americana bands, where her energetic stage presence rarely goes unnoticed. Audra's songwriting reflects her mixed musical background, with emphasis on multipart harmonies and instrumentation.

Five Letter Word began when Leigh and Audra, who met playing together in the Portland-based band Crow and the Canyon, met Clara at a show in the spring of 2017. Inspiration struck and these three seasoned musicians quickly created an act that has wowed audiences across country. The band has opened for acts including The Lowest Pair, Sam Chase, and Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, and has played in a number of festivals. Five Letter Word has been described as “mesmerizing,” “charismatic” and “clever” - surely an act not to be missed!