1794 Meetinghouse

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

Saturday, June 8 @ 7:30 pm

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.

The Hartford Courant
  • Rani Arbo — fiddle, guitar
  • Andrew Kinsey — bass, banjo, ukulele
  • Anand Nayak — electric & acoustic guitars
  • Scott Kessel — percussion

Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 25th year. From the Newport Folk Festival to California World Music Festival and beyond, this band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed.

One of American’s most inventive string bands.

The Boston Herald

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 Nayak’s vibrant baritones and Kessel’s resonant bass, the band’s lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Arbo’s fiddle style traverses blues and swing, while Nayak’s guitar stretches from folk to rock and everything in between. Kinsey’s old-time bass anchors the deep groove of Kessel’s homemade percussion kit — a collection of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, bottle-cap rattles, and a vinyl suitcase.

Effortless and loose…

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

In 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.

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.

Maverick Magazine

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have released seven albums on Signature Sounds.

Adults: $20 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Inventive Old-time String Band