LIVE: Mikaela Davis @ the Parish Public House, 10/9/14

November 11th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

If you’re looking for something completely different, please check out the marvelous Mikaela Davis the next time she comes to town. After impressively strong opening sets by Olivia Quillio and Bear Grass, Davis made a dazzling return to the Parish Public House last month. It was her second time there (though it was known as Red Square when she played back in March), and she had previously played at the now defunct Valentine’s Music Hall back in 2011.

Rochester native Davis sings and plays the classical harp. Of course, she’s not the only harpist around playing in a non-classical setting – let’s not forget the harp duo Harptallica, for instance – but Davis plays her harp in service of her own original indie-pop songs, and at PPH in support of her new EP, Fortune Teller, she was particularly sparkling.

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Win FREE Tickets to See Mikaela Davis & Banshee Tree @ Red Square on Thursday

March 24th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Mikaela Davis is a singer-songwriter from Rochester. But don’t expect the usual guitar strumming or piano plunking from her. Davis’ instrument of choice is the harp.

Currently studying at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, Davis began harp lessons at the age of eight, and her musical career has continued to blossom ever since. But her classical music background is only the beginning. There’s more to the multiple music award winner… She’s also a fine songwriter and vocalist, blending influences from Tori Amos and Cowboy Junkies to trance and Ravel.

Davis is headed into Red Square in Albany at 9pm on Thursday (March 27) in support of her new EP Fortune Teller, and she’s bringing along Alex Coté on drums and percussion, as well as Cian McCarthy on guitar, sitar and keys. Opening the show is Banshee Tree featuring Tom LaFond and Kalyn Penbridge. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Thursday (March 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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