'Arbo & daisy mayhem' Show

Arts / Mar. 22, 2006 11:00pm EST

To Benefit Wellspring School

'Arbo & daisy mayhem' Show

To Benefit Wellspring School

On Saturday, April 8, the 13th Annual Wellspring School Spring Concert will bring one of the most innovative string bands on the circuit today to the Barre Opera House.

The proceeds will benefit the financial aid program of the Wellspring Waldorf School in Chelsea.

The concert features "Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem," With scintillating vocals by Arbo.

"This quartet has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music," said the Boston Globe.

Opening for Arbo & mayhem will be Kristina Stykos, Colin McCaffrey and Susannah Clifford Blachly, recent winners of The Times Argus music awards, and guitarist George White. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Barre Opera House Box Office, at 802-476-8188.

Popular all over the East Coast, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are known for their expressive singing and seamless harmonies. Their influences range from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from traditional Ghanaian drumming to the funky Meters, and from old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell to British songwriter Nick Drake.

In the course of one show you might hear a pre-civil war song from the Georgia Sea Islands backed up by blues guitar and a New Orleans-style groove. Or, perhaps, an old Irish fiddle tune with brand-new lyrics, capped with a solo on a South American box drum.

Through it all, the group's beautiful singing and harmonies keep the focus on the song.

Opening for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are four musical friends who come together from time to time to kick up some dust.

Kristina Stykos released her second album of original, guitar-centric songs and tunes in 2005, dubbed "Vermont Album of the Year" by the Times Argus. Besides writing and playing music, she runs a recording studio out of her house and a gardening business, in Chelsea.

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