Thursday, October 31, 2013

Help The Blind Owl Band replace their stolen Instruments

On October 23rd following a gig at the Sportsman's Tavern in Buffalo, the Blind Owl Band was robbed. (You can help by donating or buying their albums scroll down) 
A thief or thieves broke into their trailer and stole a cache of expensive, rare instruments.
The trailer was parked outside a friend's house where the band was staying for the night when it was broken into.
The stolen instruments include a 1942 upright bass, a mandolin, a Martin guitar, a banjo and a fiddle. In all, the stolen gear is worth between $12,000 and $15,000, said band member Eric Munley.
The Adirondack string band was in the midst of 40 shows in 60 days throughout the northeast. The band is a full-time job for all four members. Last night, they had to cancel a gig in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the first time in the band's two-year tenure they've had to cancel a show.
But Munley is concerned about the long-term consequences of the robbery. As of Friday afternoon, the band was still in Buffalo trying to hunt down their stolen gear.
"We're doing detective work," Munley said. "We're visiting pawn shops, music stores and we've received monster amount of support. People are angry about it."
The band filed a police report with the Buffalo Police Department.
Also among the stolen gear were roughly 100 CDs and band T-shirts. While not overly valuable, they represent a source of revenue for the band.
"We don't even have our merch to sell to make our money back," he said.
And the last item on the list is a lighthearted jab and band member James Ford, who carries a suitcase instead of a backpack on tour. The suitcase was stolen along with the gear. The band refers to it as "James's purse."
"It's us trying to make a slight joke of the situation," Munley said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Eric Munley at emunley88@gmail.comor call him at 518-637-1985.
According to the band's Facebook page, the list of stolen items includes: 
  • Weber Mandolin (Gallatin) Light natural finish
  • 1942 Kay Stand up, Double Bass
  • Fender p-Bass Fretless, Black
  • Stelling Sunflower Banjo
  • Martin Guitar
  • Ashdown Bass Head
  • Fiddle, Stratavarious Copy
  • 50 or so Blind Owl Band T-Shirts
  • CDs
  • Hot Sauce
  • James's purse

For all who are wondering where donations can be sent, here are instructions:

Go to
Go to "Send Money Online"
Send it to
or Log in to your account,
Select the Send Money Tab
Send to
Select Send Money to Family or Friends

Send Donation.

You can also mail cash or check to

The Blind Owl Band
P.O. Box 260
Bloomingdale, NY 12913

Make sure to also include your name and address, we don't know how yet but we intend to thank everyone and we want to know how we can get ahold of you and where we can send some stuff.

You could also buy their albums on bandcamp.

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