origins began in July 1992 when Brian Murphy, tired of performing as a solo
act, enlisted his sister (Cindy), brother (Gardner), and wife (Marian) to
join him in an all-original, New Hampshire-based, musical project dubbed
The Wax Poetics.
The band's sound is an organic mix of Gardner, who moved all the way from North Carolina, on fretless bass and acoustic guitar, Brian on acoustic guitar, Cindy on mandolin, bass, and percussion, and Marian on banjo, mandolin, bass, and percussion.
Multi-genre, acoustic arrangements, three lead vocalists, and abundant two-, three-, and four-part harmonies achieve a unique sound the band classifies as "alternative folk."
The band started out working with Brian's original material, and Gardner soon added his compositions to the lineup. Together, Brian and Gardner formed the songwriting team The Pi Snatchers.
After performing and recording as The Wax Poetics for two years, the band decided they needed a new namesomething truly unique. As it happened, after hundreds of possibilities, the band hit on their new name during a late-night discussion about a house where Marian lived in England. The name of the house was Aquahtenang.
Aquahtenang is derived from the Native American Ojibwa, meaning view from a hill or house on a hill. The band loved it.
Have fun exploring Aquahtenang's website. Take a few minutes and give a listen.
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