Local music Spotlight: The Brew Birds


The Tears benefit show is shaping up to be one amazing event! WE had a chance to ask another one of the awesome bands playing “The brew birds”  a few questions. Check it out and learn more about this awesome band!

band members and their instruments: Heather Gardner: vocals, guitar; James Douglas: vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar; Ben Spigle: flutes, vocals, bass; Cindy Spigle: drums, vocals; John Adams: violin

how long have you lived in Ogden? Heather is the only member living in Ogden and it will be a year in August! SLC is her former home, and the home of most of the all the other band members, except James. He lives in West Jordan.

What is your band name and how did you decide on it? We actually have two band names: Callanish is the name we go by when playing mostly Celtic music. It is named after the stones in Scotland. And Brew Birds came to us while we were practicing outside one day. It was a beautiful day, and we were talking about the blue birds that were flying around. Heather fumbled her words and said “brew birds”, and everyone liked the way it sounded, so we decided it would be the name for our bluegrass band. And we all like beer. 

how would you describe your band? We are easy going, and we like to have fun while performing. We play Celtic, bluegrass, originals and even some classic rock. We are always looking for new ways to be more innovative.

what inspires you? Peace, love and the great outdoors! We also like to get inspiration from other artists that we aspire to. We are currently loving the music of late artist Harry Nillson, and will hopefully do some justice to his beautiful song, “City Life”.

What are some memorable musical moments? memorable shows? fans? A huge milestone for us was when we played Piper Down’s lunch show on St. Patrick’s day of last year! We were also featured that morning on the Big Buddha show. We had a great time playing the Weber County Fair last summer, and we befriended a cute, old man duo that played classic country music. And just last month we played at Steamhead Cafe’s grand opening!

Favorite place you have ever played? Weber County Fair, Piper Down, and Steamhead Cafe!

besides amazing music, what do you guys do? Heather has multiple things she does that keeps her busy: belly dancing, burlesque dancing, snowboarding, hiking and biking. James is a collector of classic muscle cars, skiing and enjoys hitting up the local hot springs. Cindy and Ben have a book club that they meet with every month and like to see the old silent movie showings at Edison Place. John likes to garden, travel and spend time with his family and friends.

What are some things you love about Ogden? We love how down to earth Ogden is. The small, home town feel is very genuine and comforting. And the close proximity to hiking trails is a huge plus!

Three things our readers should know about you? We are excited to play the Indie Ogden Benefit Concert! We will also be playing at the Ogden Arts Festival on June 9th.

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.