A native of Chapel Hill, Joshua Starmer’s first cello, at age 7, was a cardboard box with a 12 inch ruler taped to it. Mary Frances Boyce, followed by Brent Wissick, were both incredibly patient with him and over the years he grew to love the instrument. Since graduating to a real instrument, he’s played and recorded with REM’s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, The Love Language, The Old Ceremony, The Rosebuds, Chris Stamey, Birds and Arrows, Katharine Whalen and many more. In addition to playing the cello, Joshua writes songs, composes and records original music for movies, television, theater and dance.
Joshua’s most recent album, “Postcards From Home, Volume 1”, is a collection of songs and stories, one written and recorded each month for a year, that kept him in touch with friends and loved ones. The music played the role of a picture with writing on the back saying “wish you were here”. Featuring his singing,
stringed instruments, foot stomps and claps, the pieces convey messages ranging from simple observations about the weather, to coping with a friend’s departure, to getting lost underneath one of the great Egyptian pyramids.
You can follow Joshua’s music and stories on the web at: http://joshuastarmer.com/
Since the start of 2013, I've written, arranged and recorded a song each month. I recently finished my third year, and thus, third album. Each album ends up being a bit like a musical diary. Seasons change, and so does the tone of the music (fall, for instance, is almost always darker than summer). A vacation can inspire a song, and so can the ups and downs of daily life.