Formed in September 2008, Lafcadio is a foursome out of Carrboro, North Carolina. Members Liz Ross (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ryan Dowdy (lead guitar, backup vocals), Stevie Howell (percussion) and Eric Notarnicola (bass guitar) mold their myriad influences into a folk-rock-blues fusion that appeals to listeners of all kinds. Dowdy and Ross combine their respective influences of Nick Drake’s folk and Janis Joplin’ s blues-rock style, while Howell and Notarnicola add the punch that captures live audiences.

Their music fits the local indie-rock scene, but strains of country and sharp songwriting pervade Lafcadio’s songs to create a more distinct sound. Songs like “Seven Leagues” and “No Man” tell stories of individuals’ journeys, while “Maria” and “Lord Knows” cast powerful moods. The band’s energy and musical effusion has helped them to quickly build a reputation for lively shows that belie tremendous talent and potential.

Lafcadio has played numerous venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Live performances have been featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s Student Television, as well as the university-run radio station WXYC and several events on campus. Lafcadio released their first recorded effort, the self-titled EP, with Vinyl Records on January 30th. This strong first release filled the Local 506 to more than capacity, and should only continue the trend of their exponential growth in popularity over a few short months.