The Old North is a lively Americana trio playing an upbeat style of traditional folk music that blends the singer/songwriter genre with jazz, bluegrass, and blues. The band traces their start back to spring 2016, when guitarist Hayes Cummings stopped in off the street to watch a performance by singer/songwriter Andrew O’Keeffe at the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA. After the show, Cummings, new to the area from North Carolina, introduced himself and suggested they stay in touch. Within a few months they were performing as a duo, beginning to work on original music, and breaking into the Boston scene. The following summer a mutual friend connected them with upright bassist Max Liebman, a New Jersey native. Once the trio’s lineup was complete, they adopted the name The Old North in autumn 2017 and got to work. Over the last three years, the band has performed all over New England from New Haven, CT, to Burlington, VT. The trio has become recognized in tap rooms, breweries, and clubs including Boston area venues like Club Passim, Toad, Atwood’s Tavern, The Middle East, The Plough and Stars, Aeronaut, and Night Shift Brewery among others.
On December 11, 2020, The Old North released their debut EP. The four songs featured on the release run the spectrum from catchy, to emotional, to a historical ballad about the 1812 naval battle where the USS Constitution earned her nickname “Old Ironsides.” The band takes great pride in this work and feel that it truly embodies the style of the trio, capturing the Boston/New England vibe their brand of Americana represents. The Old North has already started recording a follow-up, full length album for late 2021, but until then would love to introduce themselves with the EP. The band has also been hard at work with a new video series featuring full band live performances and acoustic demos of new songs, all of which can be found on their YouTube page.