Friday, September 23, 2016
Darol & Emy & The Furies return to Club Passim
47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA
Darol Anger has spent almost four decades reinventing American string music to focus his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from around this world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, The Montreux Band, the Duo, the Republic of Strings and Mr Sun. His playing and compositions overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa. That’s where the Furies come in.
In Greek mythology, the Furies were ferocious godlike avengers who would swoop down on mere mortals and destroy them with relish... or mustard. The only difference here is that when these fantastically talented presences swoop down on Darol Anger, the result is not destruction, but inspiration. The Furies, led by Darol and his musical partner singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, are a handpicked collection of virtuoso musicians drawn from Darol’s network of musical genuses: Mairi Chaimbeul and Brittany Karlson
The Furies Are...
Emy Phelps is a remarkable vocalist and a star in the Pacific Northwest who put her career on hold to raise four kids and is now back in the game.
Mairi Chambeul is one of the most talented and versatile Celtic harpists ever, An international award-winning artist and a recent graduate of Berklee, she amazes a rapidly growing audience with her spectacular harp pyrotechnics. She is a native of the Isle Of Skye, in Northern Scotland.
Brittany Karlson, another Berklee Roots Program graduate, is a virtuoso string bassist and Chicagoan who plays folk and jazz with equal aplomb.
When these powerful forces get together with Darol, the result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem.
Furies shows in Fall 2016 will be celebrating the release of Emy and Darol’s?new recording TREASURES.
“All Those Treasures In Your Nest; Can You Tell Me Which One Is The Best?"
That's a crucial line from Emy's original song "The Magpie", written on her 2015 life-changing Artist Residency at the famed UCross Artist Colony in rural Wyoming. It's hard to say what might be the "best" of this collection of songs by Emy Phelps, reaching across 2 decades of songwriting. But the idea of family, love, attachment, separation, and many of the most important issues that humans face are right here, framed in a wide-ranging acoustic palette presided over by one of Acoustic String Music's most wizardly characters, Darol Anger, who contributes not only state-of-the-art pop fiddling, but numerous other memorable instrumental moments on such instruments as Nylonic Mando-Uke, Left-handed Accordion, electric screwdriver, and Fuzz Octave Mandolin.