The Band

Rising up from the flames with a howling rage, the wolf reclaims her name...

  • Bio
  • Manifesto
  • Farm-grrrl folk-punk! Motherwort is a fierce 4-piece band with a unique blend of folk-inspired punk energy. Combining hauntingly beautiful three-part harmonies and folk traditions, with driving punk beats and catchy melodies, they create a sound that is distinctly their own.

    Hailing from the heart of upstate NY, Motherwort’s live shows are a mesmerizing combination of raging intensity and raw emotion that you won’t want to miss. Drawing from many influences ranging from Bad Religion, Bikini Kill, and the Pixies, to Celtic and Appalachian traditions, Motherwort plays music from the heart while connecting with yours.

    • To create impassioned and original music that inspires people to take action and improve themselves and their surroundings.
    • To explore and develop our artistic abilities and create music with integrity as a form of true self-expression.
    • To share our music with the community at large and be a catalyst for personal reflection and change.

It's how you feel, but it's not real

Ten Things I like...
Top Ten Albums

Youngiee grew up in the concrete jungle of Southern California, steeped in the sounds of punk, ska, riot grrrl, indie/alternative, and mariachi music. She spent many years within the local music scene, both in bands, and as the host of two radio shows at KSPC 88.7FM: No Comply (punk), and Skavolution (ska and punk). After moving to Oregon, she discovered fiddle music and began playing Old Time, folk, and Celtic tunes. Youngiee moved to Upstate New York in 2008 to start Three Stone Farm, and now plays in both Motherwort and Three Stone Fire. Do trad music and punk really go together? She neither knows nor cares.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. –Robert A. Heinlein

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. — Alice Walker

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. –Marcus Aurelius

  1. Punk music
  2. Traditional folk music and dance
  3. Small farms/homesteads
  4. Raspberry Dark Chocolate (ok, any dark chocolate but no nuts)
  5. Cute animals (look, but don’t touch bc I’m allergic)
  6. DIY everything
  7. Art & Design
  8. Green Tea Ice Cream
  9. Science
  10. Self Improvement but not Self Help


(In no particular order…)

  1. Bikini Kill – Pussy Whipped
  2. Crass – The Feeding of the 5000
  3. Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster
  4. Exploited – Horror Epics
  5. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
  6. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
  7. Bad Religion – Suffer
  8. Bangs – Sweet Revenge
  9. Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today
  10. Mighty Mighty Bosstones – More Noise and Other Disturbances

From wasps and nettles, you came


Mahra is interested in music as an expression of identity, but also just enjoys the fun of it all.  How to turn all the feelings and ideas inside into honest expression of self, is a craft they would love to master.  Collaborative artful expressions of any kind brings them inspiration.

They are very influenced by the gender bending queer community, and the farm community in the Fingerlakes region.  What has brought them confidence in their adult life, is knowing how to grow and slaughter their own food, drive a tractor, build a dairy and then move the f*** on from it all.  In the end, let’s be honest……they really just want a little homestead.

Their music influences are…..the most average of people that have the guts to say what’s real to them, and aren’t afraid to be vulnerable.  But they mostly just like to listen to hip hop from the early 90s.

Photo: Mike Smith/Manifesto Designs

I don't know what it is you'd want from me, so I keep telling you just let me be

Top 10 Albums

Heather learned that her soul’s vibration frequency was tuned to punk rock the first time she caught a glimpse of MTV at age 12.  She’s played drums and bass in bands spanning both coasts since the age of 16. Although originally enamored with punk, hardcore and death metal genres, she has fallen in love with folk punk, indie singer songwriters and outlaw country originals in this current season of her life.  Because of her passionate fangirling of local music and her dedication to community, you’ll often find her cheering loudly at shows around the Finger Lakes region:)

When not immersed in music, this trained butcher is focused on her work in food systems logisitics and squeezing in as many yoga classes as possible.

  1. Motley Crue – Too Fast For Love
  2. Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You
  3. Fugazi – Steady Diet of Nothing
  4. Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots
  5. Benjamin Tod- I Will Rise
  6. Counting Crows – August and Everything After
  7. Loretta Lynn – Coalminer’s Daughter
  8. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
  9. Bikini Kill – Bikini Kill
  10. Queen Latifah – Ladies First

Tired and wired, we ruin too easy, sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave

Favorite Drummers
Favorite Records

Originally from the NYC area, Darrell Long has played drums in all kinds of music projects, from big stages to living rooms. He’s also a self-taught recording engineer in the process of rebuilding his project recording studio, Hound Sound, in Ithaca, NY. His approach to drumming is to have a strong presence without flash, to play musically and dynamically.

  • Cindy Blackman
  • Cora Coleman
  • Jim Eno
  • Earl Hudson
  • Glenn Kotche
  • Jeff “Tain” Watts 
  • Janet Weiss
  • Favorite Records of 2022
  • Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff – Life On Earth
  • God Save The Animals – Alex G
  • Natural Brown Prom Queen – Sudan Archives
  • I Walked With You A Ways – Plains
  • Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You – Big Thief
  • Mr. Morale And The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar
  • A Light For Attracting Attention – The Smile
  • Ugly Season – Perfume Genius
  • Household Name – Momma

Tired and wired, we ruin too easy – Matt Berninger

Love is stronger than death – Matt Johnson

Be a believer / Believe everything / You’ll be right half the time – Blake Schwarzenbach

Really unfiltered personal writing is cool to me. I’m like, ‘How did you show that to everyone?’ – Lucy Dacus

I was thinking about the good old times / And all the people who helped me survive / Now who the hell knows where I’d be / Without the branches of my family tree – Toby Morse