Photo by Kathryn Toutolmin
Bulgaria to the Bayou
Since its inception in 2010, True Life Trio has enchanted audiences all across the west. Their concerts take audiences on a borderless journey through the villages of Ukraine, the mountains of Bulgaria and Louisiana’s Cajun county demonstrating the beauty, power and diversity of vocally-driven folk music from Eastern Europe and North America. TLT honors these traditions while adding their own unique spin via innovative arrangements and folk-inspired compositions. The trio’s fiery and supple vocals bridge musical worlds and deliver them right to the listeners’ ears.
True Life Trio’s performances include a mix of a cappella songs and tunes accompanied by fiddle, guitar, accordion and percussion. In any given concert, the trio will sing in more than ten languages, interweaving translations, tales of their travels and background stories that bring this beautiful music to life and demonstrate their passion, joy and humor in singing together.
Phone: Briget Boyle
Host a House Concert
A house concert is a gathering of your community in your living room, on the back patio, or in that beautiful garden. We bring the live music and you provide the space.
Are you interested in hosting a house concert? Email us to start the conversation! A house concert is a great way to support independent artists and to bring a unique experience to your friends and family. Plus, it’s so easy to do! Let’s talk.
True Life Trio has been honored to work with many fine singing groups and musical ensembles. Collaborations have included Honey Whiskey Trio, Édessa, Real Vocal String Quartet, Black Sea Hotel, the Christmas Revels, Knights of Revery, Aurora Chorus, Dunava, Ghost Note Ensemble, Nevenka and Sevdah Choir.
“They bring the world. Via gorgeous harmonies, the East Bay’s True Life Trio travels through a wide spectrum of styles and traditions….Whenever they raise their voices in song, True Life Trio uplifts the listener, regardless of the song’s subject matter or language.”
— Paul Freeman, The Daily News, Bay Area News Group
“True Life Trio has created a unique musical journey that gives a timely immediacy to the enduring spirit that originally inspired the songs.”
— Ginger Murray, SF Weekly, from a review of Home
"The blend of harmonies touches my soul." — Cynthia Sutko, audience member