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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem w/ Anna Patton at Next Stage on Friday, January 31

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present New England’s acclaimed roots, rhythm and harmony quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem with special guest Anna Patton at Next Stage on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 pm. The quintet will perform “Wintersong,” a collection of celebratory, poetic, reflective seasonal songs, an ode to light and dark at the turning of the year. “These are some of the most soul-lifting songs you’ll hear in your life… pure magic happens when these four musicians play together” – No Depression

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem feature 4-part vocal harmonies, indelible songs, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars, bass and a homemade percussion kit of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps and a vinyl suitcase. Over the past eighteen years, the folk/roots quartet has toured its uplifting, healing performances to concert halls, festivals and residency engagements across North America, and has released seven CDs on Signature Sounds.

Rani Arbo, Andrew Kinsey, Anand Nayak and Scott Kessel’s “Wintersong” swings between reflection and celebration, with verses by hallowed poets, fiddle/percussion-driven New Year’s shouts from the Georgia Sea Islands and Louisiana, traditional carols and songs by modern songwriters. This winter journey full of fierce poetry, wild joy and hope for humanity in its dark times skips the jingle bells and goes straight to the power and beauty at the roots of the holiday season.

Brattleboro, VT clarinetist, singer, composer and educator Anna Patton joins daisy mayhem for this concert. Anna is a member of the internationally touring dance band Elixir, the quartet Dunham Shoe Factory and the Julian Gerstin Sextet. Other current projects include teaching aural skills/ear training and directing the Soubrette Jazz Choir which she founded in 2006. Anna holds a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation program.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org. Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar. For more information, visit www.raniarbo.com, www.twilightmusic.org and www.nextstagearts.org.