Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem perform at Russell Library this Thursday!

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem's songs from their Wintersong CD
will be featured at the concert on December 21.
CD Cover Artwork by Keiji Shinohara. 
Thursday, December 21st at 7:00pm, Russell Library is pleased to present Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem in the Hubbard Room.

The songs featured in the concert will be primarily from their recent CD, Wintersong.
Many of them are original adaptations of traditional songs.

In the song "Yonder Come Day", the percussion stylings of Scott Kessel form the basis of this song recorded by Bessie Jones and the Sea Island Singers for Alan Lomax in 1960. A type of call-and-response, audience members can't help but participate.

No doubt the audience will also be joining in with "Children Go Where I Send Thee",  a counting song from the African American tradition.

In "Maybe This Christmas" by Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, hope for the holiday that seems to carry with it a melancholy of loss:

Maybe this Christmas will mean something more, 
May this year love will appear
Deeper than ever before
And maybe forgiveness will ask us to call 
Someone we love, someone we've lost
For reasons we can't quite recall... 

Rani Arbo's own setting of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 1850 poem, "Ring Out, Wild Bells". She states on the liner notes, "It seems to balance an unshakeable grief with a need to articulate hope. In my reading -- and in this musical setting -- the grief is winning, even while it's understood that hope is the only way forward."
This concert promises to be a singular experience for the local fans of Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
 Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem's Wintersong program is sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library, and is free to the public, as are all of Russell Library's programs. 

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