K-12 In-School Performances

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

“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 DIG DEEP INTO THEIR COLLECTIVE SOULS, FINDING JOY IN THE MOMENT, PEACE IN THE HARMONIES, AND RAPTURE IN THE RHYTHMIC DRIVE.”
Hartford Courant
“BURSTING WITH FUN AND EXUBERANCE, TIGHT SOUND AND SPIRIT…”
All Music Guide
“ ...SOME OF THE MOST SOUL-LIFTING SONGS YOU'LL HEAR IN YOUR LIFE...PURE MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN THESE FOUR MUSICIANS PLAY TOGETHER.”
No Depression

Watch

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem - Keep it in Mind
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem - Will Your House be Blessed

Listen

Crossing the Bar (Tennyson/Arbo) Crossing the Bar (Tennyson/Arbo)
Turtle Dove (Trad.) Turtle Dove (Trad.)
I'll Fly Away (Trad.) I'll Fly Away (Trad.)
Will Your House Be Blessed? (Spencer) Will Your House Be Blessed? (Spencer)
Heart With No Companion (Cohen) Heart With No Companion (Cohen)
Excerpts from the program - Wintersong
Down Among the Bushes Down Among the Bushes
I Saw Three Ships I Saw Three Ships
Children Go Children Go
Hot Buttered Rum Hot Buttered Rum

American Spiritual - Touring 16-17


Music is powerful alchemy. In one moment — by the kitchen radio, in church, in the car, in a concert hall — music can rewire our spirits. It soothes pain, magnifies joy, gives company to loneliness, and connects us. Miguel de Cervantes wrote, “He who sings scares away his woes.”

In American Spiritual, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem lead concert audiences in a bona fide revival. There’s no tent, no potluck dinner — and no preaching, unless you count the band’s uproarious and wise stories. Instead, this charismatic quartet administers songs and tales that explore and revive the human spirit. From a lush setting of Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” to old American shape note hymns, prison work songs, blues, gospel and original compositions, American Spiritual, draws from 200 years of roots music to find songs that uplift and connect.

With infectious camaraderie, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem easily coax audiences to join their spine-tingling, rafter-shaking harmonies, clap to roaring fiddle tunes and open their hearts to songs of love and loss. This is American Spiritual — in which big questions are asked, few are answered, much harmony is sung, and a joyful string band is let loose to dispense its good medicine.

Optional performance with guest choir. Sample Repertoire:

  • "Joy Comes Back" — SATB. High-energy call-and-response song by Sean Staples; medium tempo with a zydeco-style goove.
  • "Oil in My Vessel" — SATB. High-energy traditional gospel song after the singing of African-American fiddler Joe Thompson; medium tempo with a two-step groove.
  • "I'll Fly Away" — SATB. Traditional hymn; medium tempo, with a two-step groove.
  • "Crossing the Bar" — SATB. Hymn-like setting of Tennyson's poem; slow tempo, legato.
  • "Heart with No Companion" — SATB. Leonard Cohen song; folk style with banjo and fiddle; slow tempo.
  • "Big Old Life" — SATB. Rani Arbo original; swing/blues style; medium tempo.