SARANAC LAKE – For newcomers to the Blind Owl Band – a hard-driving, heavily bearded, original string music quartet that’s caught the ears of music aficionados from across the North Country – there are a few ways to tell the group’s story.
For starters, there’s the bit about how the band – which consists of Eric Munley (mandolin, vocals), Arthur Buezo (guitar, vocals), James Ford (banjo, vocals) and Christian Cardiello (bass) – got its name.
“We were at Paul Smith’s College, and we just finished playing a song, when this bird slammed into a window,” Munley said during a recent interview with the Enterprise. “It was a saw-whet owl. It got up and just stared at us for 45 seconds or so, then it took off. And one of the nicknames for a saw-whet is a ‘blind owl.’”
The Blind Owl Band — Revolving Door