© Sarah Hepburn


Bobin Eirth, often billed as B'eirth or B'ee, is a leading figure in psychedelic folk. Along with a revolving cast of friends, he has recorded under the pseudonyms In Gowan Ring and Birch Book since the mid-90s.

Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he later moved to Portland, Oregon. A modern-day troubadour, he also lived for extended periods in France and Germany.

His albums as Birch Book are a departure from In Gowan Ring's psychedelic sound. The music is less abstract. Its direct song-based approach rooted in poetic folk traditions reflects the distillations of a perennial rambler taking a road less travelled.

Over the years, Eirth has developed a homespun sonic tapestry with a peculiar richness of vision, recording highly-praised records, travelling and performing across the world.

Pretty haunting – and haunted – music, his beautiful folk lullabies could calm even the most savage beast. They sound like something one might hear emanating from the warm windows of a cottage nestled in the startling green countryside.

As B'ee speaks French and has a strong interest in 60s French culture, Les Disques du 7ème Ciel first suggested a collaboration on a record based on French songs.

The result is the Birch Book eponymous EP which includes a cover of Le Temps De Vivre by Georges Moustaki, an ode to freedom and a tribute to the May 1968 French civil unrest.

Eirth's regular, long absences from the music scene have not deterred his ever-growing notoriety as one extraordinary musician and character.


Taking Wing / Jacob Fleet

Birch Book