The Long Farewells

About the Band

The Long Farewells blend gorgeous harmonies, classic Americana instrumentation, and “pleasingly literate songs with stories to tell” (AmericanaUK) into a timeless sound that brings to light the beauty to be found in even our darkest moments. Their music will be enjoyed by fans of artists like Cowboy Junkies, Patty Griffin, The Civil Wars, and The Decemberists.

Founded by vocalist Gabrielle Schafer and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Rester, who had cut their teeth together in Chicago alt-country band The Lost Cartographers, the duo released the Long Farewells' debut album, Only the Stars, in 2019.

Their new single, "If It Ain't Christmas," the first official release since then, comes at the end of a busy year for the band. With a newly-solidified five-piece line-up, the band came out of their pandemic-induced hiatus with a vengeance in 2022, playing shows at a wide variety of venues throughout Chicagoland and even venturing out on their first East Coast tour. "If It Ain't Christmas" is a snapshot of a band finding its sound and hitting its stride.


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Praise for the Long Farewells

“The songs and recordings are fabulous.” - Murry Hammond of The Old 97’s
“A fine album with lyrics to pique your interest and imagination... pleasingly literate songs with stories to tell.” - AmericanaUK
"Amazing." - Chicago Acoustic Underground
"['Johnny Went off to War'] is a historically-inspired (although it could be about any war at any time, the mark of a true folk song) folk song with a tragic ending. The arrangement is spartan but effective, and the female vocals are strong." - Independent Clauses
"Proper old-fashioned folk... they're trying to keep something alive, and I think they're doing it well." - You Haven't Heard This Music Podcast


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The Long Farewells, sitting, black and white The Long Farewells, standing, sepia If It Ain't Christmas cover art: in the foreground a hand holding a shotglass of whiskey, with blurry Christmas trees in the background Only the Stars cover art: graphic image of train

Previous Shows

You can find a list of previous shows on Songkick.