Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem’s WINTERSONG concert skips the holiday canon and goes straight to the power and beauty at the roots of Christmas. An ode to light and dark at the turning of the year, WINTERSONG is a gift, wrapped in electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, percussion, four-part harmony, and hope.
Like most New Englanders in wintertime, WINTERSONG swings between reflection and celebration, summoning a range of responses to the dark: settings of verses by hallowed poets; fiddle- and percussion-driven New Year’s shouts from the Georgia Sea Islands and Louisiana; traditional songs and carols; and searching covers by modern songwriters. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem has been praised as a one-band music festival, and WINTERSONG delivers: some songs pulse with electric guitar and four-part harmony, and others with banjo, fiddle, and percussion; interspersed are pared-down solo vocal songs with sparse accompaniment, offering a slow, quiet breath. The sum of these parts is a surprising winter journey full of fierce poetry, wild joy, and unflagging hope for humanity in its dark times.
Harmony, rhythm, and indelible songs are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, a New England-based folk/roots quartet now in its 17th year. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes their sound as “effortless and loose,” adding that “the band shape-shifts through roots music styles with aplomb, displaying the kind of relaxed virtuosity only achievable by the best players.” No Depression writes, simply, “These are some of the most soul-lifting songs you’ll hear in your life — pure magic happens when these four musicians play together.” Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem has toured its uplifting, healing performances to performing halls, festivals and residency engagements across North America, and has been with the Signature Sounds label since its inception.
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is:
Rani Arbo: vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo, cello
Scott Kessel: vocals, percussion, kalimba
Andrew Kinsey: vocals, bass, banjo, ukulele, whistle
Anand Nayak: vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, harmonium
Tickets are $15 in advance through Eventbrite. Online sales end November 30th at 5pm, after which any remaining tickets will be available at the door for $17. Service fees apply.