Faun Fables, Paul Fonfara, Stephanie Rearick

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States
Photo by Katherine Copenhaver.

Photo by Katherine Copenhaver.

Oakland folk duo Faun Fables create a world of pastoral simplicity and populate it with a vigorous, theatrical approach to performance. Multi-instrumentalists Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Idiot Flesh) use strings, percussion, vocal harmonies, and woodwinds in a blend of various folk musics, from the sounds of Appalachia to earlier European folk styles. On last year's Born Of The Sun, they give their folk influences a bit of a neo-psychedelic twist, bringing an air of rustic elegance to standout tracks like "YDUN." The result is the sonic representation of an almost classical, almost cinematic, familiar-yet-fantasy universe. This world, while airy and ethereal, evokes a grounding sense of emotion and mystical spirituality. Joining Faun Fables is the avant-folk concoction of Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints) and Madison singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Stephanie Rearick. —Emili Earhart