Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
Rani Arbo is the lead vocalist, fiddler, and founder of daisy mayhem. Her musical life began with cello lessons and Latin chant at age 8. Since then, Arbo’s career has comprised church and concert choirs, early music ensembles, a honkytonk band, a Balkan rock band, a Capella groups, and 12 years leading her own string bands. Praised for her evocative, honest, and supple vocals, Arbo is above all a communicator. Whether she is delivering a gymnastic swing tune, a funky call-and-response song, or a ballad, she snares the audience for a riveting journey. Her fiddle style draws from swing/jazz, blues, and old-time.
And daisy mayhem? Wicked percussion, sublime lead singing, great harmonies, sparkling original songs and a deep repertoire. Four people who share an irresistible chemistry on stage. A young, hip, crackerjack string band in love with American music. The Boston Globe describes their music as “neo old-timey with cosmopolitan splashes of contemporary pop and jazz.” It’s an exuberant mix of musical idioms, held together by superb musicianship, impeccable taste, and the band’s charismatic vocals.