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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Corey Laitman opens)
me and thee coffeehouse
Marblehead, MA
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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Corey Laitman opens)
RANI ARBO & daisy mayhem

Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs  these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 17th year. From the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival and beyond, this bands steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). At the helm, Arbo is blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke (Acoustic Guitar). With Kinsey and Nayaks vibrant baritones and Kessels resonant bass, the bands signature lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Arbos fiddle is sweet and sinewy, while Nayaks guitar stretches across genre lines. Kinseys old-time bass anchors the deep groove of Kessels homemade percussion kit  a truly funky collection of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase.

n the lineage of string bands who blur the boundaries of American roots music, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have always been standard-bearers, with a particular knack for pairing words and music. From bluegrass barnstormers to sultry swing, old-time gospel to bluesy folk-rock, they consistently turn in lush arrangements with stylish, unexpected choices (Acoustic Guitar). Original songs fit seamlessly aside artful re-workings of Georgia Sea Islands music, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen  just a few of the many places this band is willing to go.

Writes Maverick Magazine, How refreshing to hear something that sounds as if it has come from people who are genuinely original thinkers. As soon as Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem strike up, you realize this is a band that is unpredictable and impossible to pigeonhole. But, what a thoroughly mellifluous melange  sophisticated, soulful and always handled with care and a lightness of touch that is part folk/jazz/country, part blues/old time, and all good. There is a togetherness that flows right through the heart of the performance. It never gets too clever and always remains understated and classy.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have seven releases on Signature Sounds, most recently Wintersong (November 2016), a celebratory, poetic, reflective collection of seasonal songs; and Violets Are Blue (April 2015), an eclectic bouquet of love songs infused with poetry and groove  that skip over sentimentality and go straight to the bittersweet truth (Music Matters Review). Some Bright Morning (2012) and Big Old Life (2007) are the backbones of the bands American Spiritual program. The bands family album, Ranky Tanky, won top awards from the Parents Choice Foundation, National Association of Parenting Publications, and the American Library Association. The bands strong residency programs include school and family shows, hands-on percussion-building workshops and Arts in Medicine offerings.

WBUR Tiny Desk finalist and 2018  Passim Iguana Fund recipient Corey Laitman has released Seafoam, their lush and lyrical sophomore album, ushered into the world with a sold-out show at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA.  Produced by Mark Miller (J Mascis, The Pixies) and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Pamela Means, Alastair Moock),  Seafoam boasts 13  expertly crafted alternative folk-pop ballads with hushed, spiritual undertones.

Laitmans music is set apart by its layered, poetically conceived narratives that surprise and disarm. The complexity of the songs on Seafoam inspire repeated listening:   They are protective of their vital mystery, present in their comfort.  

Nayak colors the album with electric guitar, banjo and mandolin arrangements as generous and soaring as the songs themselves.

Like the work of Deb Talan or Anais Mitchell, Laitmans characters are stark, compelling, and deeply human.  Worlds of people are woven and realized; the beings inhabiting these worlds of song are imbued with searing imagery, and undeniable integrity.    

In a testimonial, Laitmans work was praised by American poet Gordon Massman as being among those few singer-songwriters who, through undeniable talent, climb over the competitive frenzy into the public sphere.  Corey Laitman is of that caliber, and I entreat you to listen.

To get in touch with Corey, get more information about Seafoam, or hear more about their upcoming and previous work, send an email to corey.laitman.music@gmail.com,  visit coreylaitman.com, or visit their bandcamp at www.coreysong.bandcamp.com.


me and thee coffeehouse (View)
28 Mugford St
Marblehead, MA 01945
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Me and Thee Coffeehouse
On BPT Since: Nov 17, 2010
Me And Thee Coffeehouse

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