Darby Sabin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born and raised in Wilton, Maine. She has been writing and performing for over 15 years throughout the United States, and has been pursuing international musical endeavors since 2018. She also recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music with concentrations in Performance, Songwriting, and Music Business. Darby performed with Jon Fishman from Phish and George Porter Jr. from the Meters at at Go Big for Hunger's Annual Greg Martens Birthday Celebration (photo below). Also featured was Frank Blinkal (Buddy Guy's Guitarist) and Cyril Neville from The Meters and The Neville Brothers. Darby played before Grammy-Award-Winning bluegrass artist Billy Strings, has played with Roots of Creation, performed for the original Woodstock Festival Producers, and at multiple festivals throughout the Northeastern United States. Check out her brand new EP Throne of Thorns which was released on JULY 8TH!
Darby's songs evoke an emotional journey for all listeners. From the lows of mourning her father's passing, young heartbreak and hopelessness, to the highs of confidence, new love and empowerment, Darby shares stories that come with a certain level of life experience - far beyond her years. Though she has been writing her own music for over 15 years, the top tier of her writing skills developed through multiple semesters studying directly with Pat Pattison (John Mayer, Gillian Welch) and other reputable staff within the Berklee Songwriting Department. "Something to Believe in" co-written by Sabin, Jensen Krall and Claire Davis (The Q-Tip Bandits, Bass Player for Ariana Grande and Kid Kudi in 2021 Film Don't Look Up) was recognized as an impactful Song for Social Change in 2021. Darby is also an audio engineer specializing in live sound control, recording and post-production, with emphasized proficiency in Pro Tools and Logic Pro X. She has found passion within mixing and soundscape experimentation at Harry Brown's Farm, a reputable festival site in the Maine woods.
Darby has become a "Festie Favorite" among New England's jamband festival scene. She made her name while in college playing gigs throughout New England alternating nights between her own original sets, various Berklee ensemble performances and shows with previous band Rose Hill. With Rose Hill she performed before Grammy Award-Winning Bluegrass Musician Billy Strings in 2021 at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, as well as a special show at Harry Brown's Farm performing a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead and American Beauty in 2020, and other shows throughout Boston laced with classic blues tunes and hearty jam-funk, psychedelic originals.
Darby was offered a slot to play at Woodstock 50 alongside Santana, Dead & Company, Miley Cyrus and more, by original Woodstock Producer Michael Lang himself - although the festival was cancelled. She was also set to play Lockn' Festival in Virginia in 2020 alongside Dead and Company, Gov't Mule, Leon Bridges and others - this festival was also cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is now approaching the 2022 festival circuit with a new tenacity as she mourns her father who left her with her songs and a legacy to carry on - true grit.
Keep your eyes on her as she powerhouses through the evolving music industry channeling the strength of the feminine divine, along with the tools given to her by her father which have empowered her to remain strong and steadfast within a competitive industry.
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (Gilford, NH)
The Artist Bar (Valencia, Spain)
Kapolei, Honolulu, Hawaii
Harry Brown's Farm Festivals (Starks, ME)
Farmhouse Beer Garden (Farmington Falls, ME)
The Middle East (Cambridge, MA)
Thunder Road (Somerville, MA)
Midway Cafe (Jamaica Plain, MA)
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