friction farm

Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay

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Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. They are avid readers who decided to turn that into a project, discussing a book, seeing where the story would take them, and writing a song. It was fun & frustrating, invigorating & exhausting, but always interesting.

They were inspired by true tales The Voyage of the Beagle and fictional works The Cellist of Sarajevo, a gift from a friend Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and a recommendation from a stranger The Glass Castle. Occasionally real life filtered in and begged them to re-read books Reading Lolita in Tehran and A Walk in the Woods.

Mark Dann, Neale Eckstein and Tom Prasada-Rao produced, recorded and played. There are some fantastic guest musicians on the CD; Pat Wictor, Deni Bonet, Tim Burlingame and Marshal Rosenberg.

Friction Farmís previous album, Every Mile Is A Memory, earned the duo a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011. They continue to combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.


Aidan and Christine command any stage they’re on. Their appreciable force is gently delivered with keen lyrics and beautiful melodies, with a hint of humor to mitigate the seriousness of some of their material.” David Engels, Emerald Concerts

Friction Farm's latest CD, 'Every Mile is a Memory,' is a refreshing collection of songs that look at life by soaking in every detail and putting the sentiments to music. Christine and Aidan show a comfort and chemistry in working together that shines through in their performances. My one complaint? There aren't enough songs on this CD. It makes me want more. So I'm waiting...” Wanda Fischer, WAMC

infectiously hummable tunes” New Times Magazine

Whether singing at a near whisper or belting for the rafters, her vocal confidence and melodic tone
never waiver.” Sheldon Robertson, City Link Magazine

Friction Farm’s strong point is gorgeous harmonies, that thread nearly every song” Xtreme Folk Society, Philadelphia

Her four octave range reminiscent of disparate singers like Melissa Etheridge and Natalie Merchant - meaning she’s carved out an original style.” Bill Meredith, Free Press

Friction Farm’s live performance is full of funny and poignant stories, spontaneous diversions, audience participation, good music, and lots of fun.” Pine Island Eagle


Current CD : “I Read Your Book (2013)

Previous Releases: “Every Mile Is A Memory, Degrees, 32 Minutes”, “Believe”

Style: Modern folk / singer-songwriter

Band Members: Aidan Quinn - guitar, vocal; Christine Stay - vocal, bass, harmonica

Hometown: Greenville SC

Opened For: Tori Amos

Ben Folds

Lucy Kaplansky

The Kennedys

Rod MacDonald

The Refugees

Noteworthy Stuff: Kerrville New Folk Finalist

Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Winner Songwriter Competition, South Florida Folk Fest

Finalist Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival Songwriter Competition

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist

Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Quad Showcase Artist

Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist

Best Local Band - Miami City search (we’ve never lived in Miami)

A Bit of Odd Stuff: Aidan grew up in Berkeley CA

He has a degree in geology and is really into rocks

He builds furniture for fun

Christine is from Woodstock NY

She was a materials engineer

She loves to cook, even on the road

They both love roadside attractions and oddities