Just around that curve in the gravel road, beyond the cluster of heavy plum trees and inside the chicken coop-turned-cottage, there's a lot of commotion going on: the whirring of a sewing machine, the swish of a broom, the patterns of drums and tambourines, the shouts of calls and responses, the shrill of flute song, the squeals of girl children dancing and fighting... yes, the FAUN FABLES family is getting ready to head out for the road.
Song tellers Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl are based in the country again, and all manner of elements are in the mix; new hens, new songs, wind storms, rusty metal, electrical wires tangled in the trees, children in the rafters, word-shearing. While the sun is at its hottest, they're packing up the best of it - guitars, costumes, Mother Goose, a bookshelf, newly fitted van sheets & songs, a nanny, a hat with a bell, a blue parakeet, whistles to blow while they dance down the street - preparing to play twenty towns with a stop in Poland somewhere in the middle. And that's not all!
The word about town is that Faun Fables have been secretly making a new record, their first in five years since their progeny became a brood; drawing upon all the fragments and molasses, the fruit-laden circus, the ungodly hours of song making that parenthood crowns.
For now, they've just released a stunning video directed by Catherine Hollander, which contains the yet to be released track, "O My Stars"!
A time for songs and travel in the sun has almost begun.
7/1/15 Oberon Boston MA
7/2/15 The Woods Hole Community Center Woods Hole MA
7/5/15 Tiger Mountain Asheville NC
7/12/15 Inne Festival Lubin Poland
7/15/15 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
7/16/15 Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo MI w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
7/17/15 Mother Fool's Madison WI
7/18/15 Aster Cafe Minneapolis MN
7/22/15 Kilby Court Salt Lake City UT
7/24/15 Substation Seattle WA w/ Clearly Beloved
7/25/15 KALA Astoria OR
7/26/15 Rainshadow Recording Studio Port Townsend WA