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MusicUnderFire | February 12, 2016

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Faun Fables to Play Kung Fu Necktie Thursday 5/16


Oakland-based band Faun Fables will bring their eccentric and folk-driven tunes to Kung Fu Necktie on Thursday May 16th.  Faun Fables is the musical project of Dawn McCarthy, who was inspired to write songs after leaving New York and traveling in 1997.  In addition to writing very rustic folk music filled with unique instruments like the theremin and harmonium, the group also covers 20th century compositions and traditional folk songs.  After spending time raising a family, Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl will go out on tour and share their folklore-inspired tunes with the world.

Their most recent project is a collaboration between McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy called What the Brothers Sang- an interpretation of a second chapter of the Great American Songbook written in the 1950s.  McCarthy and Billy have taken these classic songs played by the Everly Brothers and others, and put their own heart and soul into it.

When it comes to their own work, some of the most interesting sounds make themselves heard on Faun Fables’ EP A Table Forgotten.  The songs on the record are rife with non-traditional percussion, group vocals, and what sounds like household objects such as the clinking of utensils against glasses, or the pouring of water.  Faun Fables’ melodies can be tinged with the exoticism of Eastern Europe, or rooted more in the tradition of Western folk music.

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