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The Grecian Urns call it quits




This happened last week, while we were out of town for the holidays. But it's the last day of the year, and we just had to note it.

The Grecian Urns, one of tbt*'s Ultimate Local Bands in 2010 and one of the most acclaimed young bands to come out of Pinellas County in some time (see here and here and here), have broken up. The indie-folk family band played their final show Dec. 23 at New World Brewery.

"What a way to go out," the Urns wrote on their Facebook wall. "Great vibes all around. ... Hopefully we'll all be together again sometime in the future. Until then, thanks for sharing the wild ride."

It wasn't much of a surprise. The Urns were mostly college-aged kids who only performed when they were all back in town together, and that meant their lovely live shows were too few and far between. Frontman Bryce McGuire and drummer David Norris are getting married next summer, and are going off to film school and seminary, respectively. Multi-instrumentalist Laurie Beth Norris has a job as a nurse in Largo.

"Everyone has great stuff going on but we're all going to be in different places," McGuire wrote in an e-mail. "Hopefully we can get a reunion show together once or twice a year; that would be great."

The Urns brought us into 2010 with a smile, and they narrowly missed making our list of 2010's best concerts thanks to their delightful performance at tbt*'s Local Music Showcase at Skipper's. (This is the second 2010 Ultimate Local Band to break up, following Nervous Turkey.)

McGuire said to keep checking the Urns' Facebook page for details on members' current projects, "be that side music experiments or films."

Here's hoping for at least one reunion concert in 2011.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 5:43pm]


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