Members from two Long Island bands, comprised of siblings and long-time friends, came together to form Quarter Horse in 2013. Described as Americana, the group’s sound is further characterized by a wide range of influences including folk, rock, alternative, and jazz. The songwriting employs unique arrangements and lyrics that come with a powerful delivery. Some will say the band’s large three-part vocal harmonies have come to define them, but other signatures of their sound include tandem lead guitar, sections of improvisation that showcase the band’s musicianship, and a fondness for utilizing various instrumentations.
“Quarter Horse,” the band’s self-titled debut album was produced by Grammy Award winning artist Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters and released in December of 2016. Quarter Horse has since been writing material for their next release and playing shows across the east coast from Virginia to Vermont. On stage is where the band truly comes to life. Acoustic or amplified, intimate rooms or large stages, the performances equally captivate. Pulling from their ever-expanding catalogue, each set is thoughtfully crafted and unique from start to finish.
On their local scene across Long Island and Manhattan, Quarter Horse has made a name for themselves by playing venues such as The Paramount, Stephen Talkhouse, My Father’s Place, The Boulton Center, The Bitter End, and Rockwood Music Hall. For several consecutive years they have played the Great South Bay Music Festival where they’ve shared the bill with the likes of Graham Nash, Gov’t Mule, Railroad Earth, and many more.
Outside of the New York City metro area, the band has played notable venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and the Philadelphia Folk Society, PA. Quarter Horse will be returning to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival this August after being selected as the “Most Wanted Emerging Artist” of 2018. Their summer 2019 tour schedule includes stops at several other festivals such as the Connecticut Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, as well as the May Day Music Festival, Great South Bay, and Fiddle and Folk festivals back in their home of Suffolk County, Long Island.