A native of Washington, D.C., folk-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Maring had performed around the world, including gigs as far reaching as Lima, Peru, and Calcutta, India, but it was at a hometown establishment, Franklyn's Coffeehouse Café, where he held down a weekly residency (and perfected his craft) from 1997 through 1999.
2001 saw the release of Maring's debut album, Birdsong (on the Orchard label), which both musically and lyrically included references to his experiences traveling Asia and South America, all the while including elements of rock, pop, and folk. Maring is also quite an accomplished acoustic guitarist, who often experiments with alternate tunings, fingerpicking, and strumming styles. His debut proved to be quite a rich one sonically, as he incorporated into the tunes such uncommon instruments as a dulcimer from Thailand, a 12-string Portuguese guitar, an eight-string Peruvian charango, a Peruvian flute called an Okarina, and a unique percussion instrument called the Joia Tubes, and was joined by such guests as guitarist Josh Michaud, vocalists Gregory Heelan and Lisa Moscatiello, plus drummers Steve Fox and Robbie Magruder. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi