Florry – 2023 NMF Sycamore Sessions

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – Florry, the musical project fronted by songwriter Sheridan Frances ‘Francie’ Medosch, brought a raw and hard-rocking alt-country set to the Creekside Stage Saturday at the 2023 Nelsonville Music Festival.

Medosch began playing music as a teenager; first with the band Francie Cool, which later evolved into Florry. In 2018, at the young age of 17, Medosch released her debut as Florry, Brown Bunny (Sister Polygon Records). It was amidst the pandemic that Medosch found herself creatively reinvigorated, releasing the critically acclaimed Big Fall (12XU) in 2021.

Florry’s Sycamore Session drew from all over Medosch’s discography. It kicked off with Big Somethin’, a track that Medosch released as Francie in 2021 to benefit The Haven Coalition—an organization that provides lodging to low-income women forced to travel to New York City for second-trimester abortions.

Much of the set was a preview of The Holey Bible (Dear Life Records), Florry’s second full-length album released shortly after the Sycamore Session performance. Additionally, the audience was treated to a playful cover of Bob Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay, as well as Movie, a yet to be released tune, plus You Don’t Know off Big Fall.

Florry’s live band featured Medosch (electric guitar and vocals); Kati Max Lewis (vocals and guitar); Will Henriksen (fiddle, guitar, vocals); John Murray (lap steel guitar); Joey Sullivan (drums); Jared Radichel (bass); and Sam Silbert (electric guitar).

1. Big Somethin’ (Francie song released as a demo in 2021) – 0:22
2. Take My Heart (The Holey Bible) – 4:57
3. Drunk and High (The Holey Bible) – 8:18
4. ILY ILY (The Holey Bible) – 11:17
5. Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan cover) – 15:30
6. Movie (unreleased) – 20:01
7. Cowgirl Giving (The Holey Bible) – 26:33
8. From Where You Are (The Holey Bible) – 33:01
9. You Don’t Know (Big Fall) – 38:00

The Sycamore Sessions are presented by the Nelsonville Music Festival in collaboration with WOUB Public Media and the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies. The performances were recorded and produced by Media Arts and Studies students under the supervision of Host and Director Josh Antonuccio and Associate Producers – Director of Photography Andie Walla (Media Arts and Studies Associate Professor of Instruction), Audio Supervisor Adam Rich (WOUB), and WOUB’s Arts and Culture Editor Emily Votaw. All performances took place during the 2023 Nelsonville Music Festival, which is a production of Stuart’s Opera House.