The Moon Shells

The Moon Shells are a new project from Maggie Shar, Laura Murawski, and Brian Slattery, who met one another through the Appalachian fiddle community in 2015 and started playing together as often as they could. As musicians they were drawn to each other by a shared sense of rhythm and improvisation, grounded in the Appalachian fiddle tradition but drawing from the many kinds of music they love from Louisiana, West Africa, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere, to create a sound that’s emotional and groovy at the same time.

In 2018 Maggie and Brian found themselves writing songs and tunes together as well—enough for an album—and began recording them in earnest. They asked Laura to join them in bringing the songs to life for a live crowd. They’ll celebrate the release of this album, Seaside Asylum, this spring. The three of them are already conspiring on future recordings, but always circle back to playing the fiddle tunes that brought them together in the first place.

We’re currently booking shows into late 2019 across the Northeast.




“Fireworks,” “Seaside Asylum,” and “Sally in the Rye” are from Seaside Asylum and produced by Joseph DeJarnette of Studio 808A in Floyd, VA. Maggie and Brian wrote the music and lyrics to “Fireworks” and “Sally in the Rye” through long chains of emails. The music to “Sally in the Rye” is based on Harvey Sampson’s “Sally Coming through the Rye.” Maggie and Brian wrote “Seaside Asylum,” a fiddle tune, spontaneously at Clifftop in the summer of 2018.

You can listen to the whole album here. You can buy our music through Bandcamp or CD Baby.


“Flowers and Olives” (by Judy Hyman of the Horse Flies) and “Lone Prairie” (from the fiddle playing of Jon Bekoff) are from our stringband album, Screech Plank. It’s got the full five-piece band—that would include Molly Merrett and Charlie Shaw, old friends and musical compatriots, playing the music that brought us all together.

You can listen to the whole album here. You can buy the album through Bandcamp.




April 26, 2019: House show at 8 High St., Florence, MA. 7 p.m.

April 27, 2019: House show in Suffern, NY. With Nate and Mary. 7 p.m.

April 28, 2019: House show in Brooklyn, NY. 3 p.m.

May 27, 2019: Campfire Festival, Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA

June 1, 2019: Show at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. With Kat Wallace and David Sasso. 8 p.m.

October 5, 2019: Montague Book Mill, Montague, MA.

October 20, 2019: Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, Riverfront Park, Glastonbury, CT. 1:45 p.m.

October 26, 2019: House concert in Albany, NY




Photo credit: Lucy Gellman


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