The Birdhorse is the pseudonym used by North Carolina-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Toni Hartley. Hartley cut her teeth singing back-up for tUnE-yArDs, both on Nikki Nack and on their Red Hot Fela track, “Lady.” Energized by singing and healing from a broken heart, Hartley began churning out her own addictive and imaginative indie folk/pop tunes in 2012. In 2015, friend, producer, and engineer Bobby Funk helped bring to life The Birdhorse’s debut album, Treasure.
In March 2018, The Birdhorse released a decidedly assured effort with Fool’s Adventure, a sophomore album with nine tracks written, produced, and recorded by Hartley. Penned under trees, in caves, in the desert, next to rivers and oceans, Fool’s Adventure often-joyfully traverses themes of love, bisexual identity, feminism and environmentalism and draws heavily on Hartley’s early pop, folk, and country idols while maintaining a style all hers. Mixed by legend, Karen Kane, and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar from NYC’s The Lodge, this is a album made by women.
3/29/18, Arcana, Durham, NC - ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
12/7/17, ThreeHouse Studios, Durham, NC
11/17/17, The Carrack, with Peachalope, Durham, NC