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Faun Fables doth enchant at KALA

Dawn McCarthy, Nils Frykdahl perform ‘earth rock’ June 14

Published on June 5, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on June 6, 2018 3:36PM

Faun Fables (Nils Frykdahl, left, and Dawn McCarthy)

Courtesy KALA

Faun Fables (Nils Frykdahl, left, and Dawn McCarthy)

ASTORIA — Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl make their third appearance at KALA. The duo, known as Faun Fables, return to perform exquisite, visceral adventures in song and theater 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14. The cover is $10 at the door.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Faun Fables is on tour from West Coast to East Coast, Canada and Scandinavia. With seven records on the Drag City label, the latest “Born of The Sun” (2016), Faun Fables has a broad spread of devoted international audiences.

You might call their music “earth rock,” “witch-brewed,” “nature-based,” “neo-psych-folk.”

Surrounded by percussion, McCarthy conjures the spirits of another era, or another place — the album “Mother Twilight” (2004) contains true underworld tradition content. McCarthy is studied in European theater traditions, dance, action theater and ethnomusicology. In addition to her work with Faun Fables, McCarthy has recorded an album, as vocalist, with Bonny Prince Billy (aka Will Oldham) and also performs solo as Dawn The Faun.

Guitarist Frykdahl is known for his work in San Francisco band Sleepy Time Gorrilla, which fuses classical, industrial and art-rock themes, in addition to the experimental rock band Idiot Flesh, which often used household items as instruments. Frykdahl is fluent on flutes and occasionally brooms, as well as guitar.

From original material to compositions by European 20th century composers, and a mix of traditional ballads, McCarthy’s distinctive voice, Frykdahl’s gothic guitar playing, flutes, bells and whistles — the mystical folk of Faun Fables doth bewitch, enchant and entertain.

KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. There will be a full bar. People 16 and older may attend.


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