Orphan Jane is circus tents and gypsies, traditional blues and vaudeville, a dear friend of whom you're just a little afraid. Like a drink cut with sharp mandolin, wheezing accordion and a plaintive trumpet, chased by the driving lines of a standup bass. A vocalist equal parts Lotte Lenya and Little Mermaid with a band of hooligans growling close behind.
Orphan Jane was formed in late 2011 by eccentric jazz guitarist Dave Zydallis with longtime friend and collaborator, bassist Robert Desjardins. Under the false pretense of joining a Brechtian, 40's throwback, Kurt Weill tribute band, Dave and Bob conned Jessica Underwood and Tim Cluff into attending their rehearsals. After chatting about Kurt Weill for two minutes, the band started writing original material and hasn't looked back since!
Trumpeteer Caitlin Featherstone joined Orphan Jane in 2015. The band took pity on her after she hounded them relentlessly throughout the NYC dive bar circuit for several months.
Orphan Jane independently released their debut album A Poke in the Eye in fall of 2014. It was voted Top 50 Albums of the Year by NY Music Daily and the single Mansion Song was acclaimed as one of the best songs of the year. Their sophomore album The Traveling Everything Show was released in 2016. Following an overwhelmingly successful Rockethub Fundraising Campaign in Fall of 2015, Orphan Jane began work on a theater piece based on their original material. For more: Orphan Jane: The Musical!
Orphan Jane were finalists in the 2014 WNYC Battle of the Burroughs. See their performance here. Their single 1000 Little Girls was selected by B&H Photo to have a music video made, directed by Bruce Dorn in association with Canon USA and hosted by the NY Film Academy.
Orphan Jane is:
The Girl With No Name: Vocals
Old Man Shorty: Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
The Gravedigger: Bass
Darla McBean: Trumpet
Montana Slim: Accordion, Vocals
Hear Old Man Shorty ranting about issues close to his heart on the Orphan Jane Soundcloud page.