Darol Anger (5-string fiddle and mandocello) | Emy Phelps (guitar and vocals) | Jenna Moynihan (fiddle) | Mairi Chaimbeul (harp and vocals) | Aidan O’Donnell (bass)
In Greek mythology, Furies were ferocious godlike female avengers who would swoop down on mortals and destroy them. In this band, the difference is that instead of destruction, inspiration occurs. Darol Anger and the Furies is a new group put together especially for this decade, comprised of a phenomenal all-star array of talented feminine presences,plus two notorious tricksters.
Darol Anger is a unique fiddle guru, who spent three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and all other music. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and generous humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.
Living in the Boston area, Darol has been a mentor to some of the most exciting and phenomenal young musicians in the world. These powerful presences are brought into synchronization and orbit around Anger’s vision and that unmistakable violin voice. The result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem.
Emy Phelps is a standout artist in a large field, a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. A musician of note in the Pacific Northwest, she has made a 30 year music career while raising 3 sons and one daughter, achieving degrees in Theatre Arts and Special Education. She acted and performed in Ashland, Oregon’s world-reknowned Shakespeare Festival programs in both Shakespeare and contemporary productions. She was a founding member of Brian Ransom’s The Ceramic Ensemble, which toured internationally from 1980–1987. As a member of that ensemble she did research on indigenous music in Peru. She has released three recordings of her own and has participated in many recordings including Darol Anger, Taarka, Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tenega, and Duke McVinnie. Past venues include Rockygrass, Wintergrass, Freshgrass, New Music America Festival in Philadelphia, North By Northwest, the Moab Folk Festival, The Britt Festival, and Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle.
Màiri Chaimbeul is a young harpist/composer, born and brought up as a Gaelic speaker on the Isle of Skye in the North-West of Scotland. Her unique sound combines a deep-rooted sense of Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique. Mairi has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as the USA, including the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow; The Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World at BT River of Music Festival, London 2012. Mairi was a Finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional & Jazz Musician 2010-2012. She participated in the prestigious Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia, in 2013 & 2014, working with Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and Darol Anger, alongside 15 of the new generation of outstanding young US acoustic musicians. Since 2012 she has been a full-scholarship student at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Jenna Moynihan is already well-known for her unique and distinct voice on the fiddle. Raised on Chautauqua Lake in New York State, she first picked up the fiddle at the age of 6. She spent summers at various fiddle camps throughout the country, honing her craft with many masters of fiddle. She garnered many awards in her youth at Scottish Fiddle competitions. Jenna received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in 2009, where she studied with Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Bruce Molsky, and Mark Simos. During her years at Berklee, Jenna received the Fletcher Bright Award and the American Roots Music Award, both given annually to an outstanding fiddler. She graduated with honors from Berklee in 2013. She has performed in the US, Canada, France, and Scotland with various groups including Folk Arts Quartet, Atlantic Seaway, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Bonnie Loch Fiddlers & more. In 2012, Jenna participated in the first Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia, bringing together a new wave of acoustic musicians alongside Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussein, Chris Thile, Tony Trischka & more. Jenna performed alongside the world-renowned classical-crossover soprano, Hayley Westenra and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.
Original tour member Eric Law is ill and will be replaced by Aidan O’Donnell.
Aidan O’Donnell hails from Glasgow, Scotland. He completed a BA in jazz performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he won the prize for Most Promising Performer and was made an Honorary Fellow. Thereafter he moved to London, where he quickly became one of the most in-demand bassists on the scene. In 2008, with the aid of a grant from the Scottish Arts Council, he relocated to New York. Since then he has established himself as a much sought-after bassist, working with such notable musicians as Steve Kuhn, Ben Monder, David Berkman, Darol Anger, Maeve Gilchrist and many more. In addition to this he took his MA in jazz performance at City College, where he studied with John Patitucci. Since this he has worked extensively as an educator, both privately and with City College and the Brooklyn Youth Music Project.
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