The Rogue presents Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

The Rogue presents Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

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Date: 6/5/2013 4:18 pm
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Date of event Friday Jun 21st, 8pm
Location of event St James Hall 3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano 

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem bring fiddle, guitar, bass and junk percussion to bear on 100 years of American music, from Appalachian ballads to original tunes. Their sound is “tight, with stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar), a mix of New Orleans grooves, old-time gospel harmonies, bluesy swing fiddle, and fiery electric and acoustic guitar. All four musicians sing lead, with Arbo's transparent, connecting alto at the helm; in four-part harmony, they can shake the rafters or hush the room. They have a knack for plumbing the human condition with an infectious joie de vivre: “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” — The Hartford Courant.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem draw from the deep well of American roots music, and have an adventurous way of mixing things up. They'll hang a 200-year-old Georgia Sea Islands song over a New Orleans groove. They'll set original lyrics to an Irish fiddle tune, then layer it with a groove on a South American box drum. A Leonard Cohen cover gets a clawhammer banjo; Springsteen gets high-octane, bluegrass-style harmonies – and band's originals range from Unitarian funk gospel tune to 1950s swing. 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. These are four musicians who pick up what's lying around – from tin cans, to old songs, to human stories – and create something new.

The band has earned a reputation for delving deep and their new album, Some Bright Morning, offers up their trademark mix of traditional material, unexpected covers and smart, probing originals. But this isn't a Sunday morning record. It's an all-week, all-year, all-life kind of album, one that leaps from love to loss, through longing and fear, into hope and play. It is a tincture of ukulele, banjo, recycled percussion, standup bass, fiddle and guitar. It is a salve of spine-tingling four-part harmony. It levies the healing power of four musicians who have played together for twelve years and are still reaching for it.

Tickets $24 ($20 members) available online at, in person at Highlife Records & Rufus' Guitar Shop, or call the Rogue Ticket Hotline at 604-736-3022.