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Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem at Barnstormers Theatre

ACT's 43rd season begins Sept. 26

Arts Council of Tamworth presents the new roots string band Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem performing on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth (click for larger version)
September 17, 2009
What is a daisy mayhem, you may ask? Wicked grooves, sublime lead singing, great harmonies, sparkling original songs, and a deep repertoire that spans 200 years of American music. Four people who share an irresistible chemistry on stage. An unusually gleeful string band that celebrates both tradition and improvisation and that stumps the categorizers. Are they an agnostic gospel band? A homeopathic bluegrass band? Are they crazy? You will have to come decide for yourself.

As for their sound, start with a fiddle, a guitar, and a standup bass. Add a cardboard box with a suitcase bass drum and tin can cymbals, played by an ex-rock and zydeco drummer. Over that fine groove, hang Rani Arbo's expressive alto, seamless four-part harmonies, and a splash of banjo and ukulele, and you have it.

And if this all weren't enough, there is Rani Arbo herself, the fiddler, lead singer, and founder of daisy mayhem. Arbo also spent years with a honky-tonk band, a Balkan rock band, and folk-bluegrass band Salamander Crossing.

Tickets for this not-to-miss performance are available online at www.art stamworth.org, at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 323-8104. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 13 to 18 and college students with a valid ID. New this year, as part of ACT's goal of making the arts more accessible to families and children, kids 12 and under are free. A ticket reservation is still necessary, however, in order to guarantee a seat.

ACT's performance season continues on Saturday, Oct. 24, with beloved singer and songwriter Patty Larkin performing solo with an array of unusual instruments and her unforgettable voice.

November brings the Two Man Gentlemen Band, blending comedy, hot jazz, vintage rhythm and blues, old-time country and Tin Pan Alley to entertain like proper old vaudevillians. Local bluegrass band Sweet Life Review will open.

In January ACT presents an afternoon of New England-themed storytelling by the fire in the Great Room at Tin Mountain, with headliner Will Lange and members of the Mountain Storytellers Guild.

February brings the exciting and multinational Boston String Quartet playing classical chamber music and arrangements of rock, jazz, world music and more.

In March, when cabin fever has hit hard, strap on your dancing shoes and come out to a dance party at the Brass Heart Inn featuring the White Mountain Boys, just in from Nashville.

ACT's season concludes in May with the wickedly funny Austin Lounge Lizards. And stay tuned for news about ACT's April Benefit Concert, featuring a very special performance.

You can find more information, including photos and video, about all of

ACT's upcoming shows at www.arts tamworth.org. You can also find out about children's workshops and other ACT events, and hear about other great happenings in the local art world.

Season tickets are available until Sept. 26, both online at www.artstamworth.org and at the door the night of the show. A season ticket gives you guaranteed seats at all seven ACT performances (ACT Benefit Concert not included); at $120, the season ticket is also a 15 percent savings over buying tickets individually.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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