Rani Arbo and her band, daisy mayhem, have been racking up quite a big batch of awards for their latest children’s music album, “Ranky Tanky,” but they definitely know how to entertain the grown-ups, too, as evidenced by their marvelous performance at The Linda in Albany this month.
In fact, the concert was something akin to a mini folk festival, as fiddler-vocalist-guitarist Arbo and her compatriots – bassist Andrew Kinsey, guitarist Anand Nayak and captivating percussionist Scott Kessell – churned through a wide variety of roots-Americana musical styles from bluegrass to a cappella.
While honoring America’s rich musical tradition, they brought the music squarely into the here-and-now.
And Kessell’s crazy, makeshift drum-kit – pieced together with such elements as a suitcase, cardboard box and a wide assortment of tin cans – was an endlessly fascinating DIY musical instrument.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk