Imagine Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters, or The Indigo Girls seated on a cross country bus next to Leonard Cohen. Odes to under-achievement, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Rapid fire lyrics about first-world problems, the afterlife, and holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai’s songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories.
Now in their 35th year, Seattle native Uncle Bonsai continues to perform and record. In 2013 they released their first ever ‘bedtime book for grownups’ The Monster in the Closet/Go To Sleep. This fully illustrated, reversible, hard cover book for parents, features two popular
Uncle Bonsai songs, with artwork by members Arni Adler and Patrice O’Neill, and includes a recording of the songs. Their newest CD is The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young.
“The group has achieved an almost cult status…their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization as it incorporates elements of jazz, pop, broadway, reggae, and classical.” – Associated Press