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. Hailed by Durham Beat as a "profound, indie-folk tour de force," Fool's Adventure was penned under trees, in caves, in the desert, next to rivers and oceans. The album 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.
7/4/18, FESTIVAL FOR THE ENO - DURHAM, NC - 1:30pm - Chimney Stage
3/29/18, Arcana, Durham, NC - ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
12/7/17, ThreeHouse Studios, Durham, NC
11/17/17, The Carrack, with Peachalope, Durham, NC
10/6/17, Monkey Bottom, w/ Mettlesome, Durham, NC