All of roots music is a stage for daisy mayhem, and this four-piece string band loves nothing more than choreographing a jubilant mix of traditional, original, and contemporary sounds. With Arbo's bewitching alto at the helm, stunning vocal harmonies, a 100% recycled drum set, fiddle, guitar, and bass, daisy mayhem "has a grand knack for pumping new blood into old music" (The Boston Globe). [Imagine, for example, a pre-civil war song from the Georgia Sea Islands sung over a New Orleans-style groove. Or, an old Irish fiddle tune with new lyrics, capped with a solo on a South American box drum.
A Sondheim tune done jug band style? An original Unitarian funk gospel song? You begin to get the idea.] With influences from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from Ghanaian drumming to the funky Meters, and from Fiddlin' John Carson to Bob Dylan, Daisy Mayhem celebrates America's rich musical past and brings it into the present with good humor, impeccable musicianship, powerful songwriting, and a clear love of playing together. Here are four musicians who pick up what's lying around—from tin cans to old songs and wry observations of modern life—and create something new.
Tickets are available at Northampton Box Office,76 Main Street. 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com
"Neo old-timey with cosmopolitan splashes of modern pop and jazz" -- The Boston Globe
"Arbo is a force to be reckoned with" -- The Boston Globe
"A reminder that musical categories are a necessity for catalogs and record stores, not for lovers of music." -- Sing Out Magazine
"This quartet has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music." -- The Boston Globe
"Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem's sweeping, timeless melodies float above ingenious arrangements." -- The Boston Globe
"As hard to classify as it is to praise highly enough...an intoxicating blend of roots music styles, with deep traditional roots and a healthy futuristic outlook. Strongly recommended." -- The Rogue Folk Review, Vancouver BC