Pawling, NY: On Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 PM, two of the most unique and genre-defying acts in New England bring their Extreme Folk tour to the all-ages Towne Crier at 130 Route 22. Tickets are $15 in advance.
Fronted by Bedford native and FLHS alum David Senft, the quintet Darlingside is "doing something new in pop music" (Boston Herald). Their sound is "simultaneously innovative and backward-looking" (Portland Phoenix), featuring "phenomenal vocals, crisp instruments, and surprising musical turns" (The Deli Magazine).
Under one roof in New England’s Pioneer Valley, Darlingside came together with five songwriters, a mandolin, a cello and violin, guitars and drums, a chorus of voices, and a van named Chauncey. Holed up in their home between a cornfield and the Connecticut River, they forged a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical, and folk music. The band just released their debut full-length album ‘Pilot Machines’ and are currently shaking rafters along the eastern seaboard with their vibrant live shows.
In an age of increasingly electronic music, Darlingside still values authentic performance on real instruments. The sound is characterized by multiple lead-vocalists, dreamy five-part harmonies, dominating cello and violin interjections, and a dynamic rock engine at the core. Darlingside traces its diverse sound to an eclectic array of musical origins: Auyon traveled and studied the traditional instruments of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland; Harris picked up the cello at age six, performing twice on NPR; Dave learned guitar as a street musician in Boston; Don toured nationally as a boy alto and played sunset cruises in Maine; Sam took up both celtic and jazz drumming at age seven. Together, the five close friends are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and performing talent.
Following 2010’s self-recorded EP 1, Darlingside teamed up with producer Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby/Nash, Maroon 5) in 2011 to turn their house into a hi-fi recording laboratory and playground. The result was Pilot Machines, an insistently melodic collection of new songs that feel both familiar and ground-breaking. The band is now touring behind an ambitious release, with three 7″ records culminating in a full-length album.
Heather Maloney is a singer-songwriter-poet with knock-you-dead vocals and "terrific lyrics that cut to the chase" (Huffington Post). She weaves elements of folk, rock, jazz and pop to create a unique sound, powerful delivery and a compassionate message that leaves folks saying "she sounds like...Heather Maloney". Heather is fresh off of signing on with Massachusetts-based indie record label Signature Sounds, which Pop Matters recently called "one of the best all-around record labels in America right now."
Heather had one of her first public shows at a small coffee shop in Northampton Massachusetts in September of 2009. She was so nervous she had to be prodded onto the stage. Two years later, in July of 2011 she walked out onto the stage at the Calvin Theater in front of 1,500 fans of the Grammy Award-winning artist Jonny Lang, and brought them to their feet in applause. Jonny immediately asked her to open three more shows and called her “an extremely talented songwriter and incredibly great singer.” With 350 shows under her belt, Heather has fallen in love with performing. She has shared the stage with such celebrated acts as Jonny Lang, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriquez, Winterpills, Loundon Wainwright III, David Wax Museum, Devil Makes Three, Caravan of Thieves, Jeffrey Gaines, Jill Sobule and many more. And the buzz is just beginning, as this past year Heather was nominated for an independent music award, chosen as an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge, and recently signed on with Signature Sounds to release her third studio album.
For More Information:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7e7YaIOklw&feature=relmfu (Heather Maloney)