Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy perform together Sunday at Voxhall
A very special and unique concert is set to occur this Sunday at Voxhall, when Will Oldham, who has adopted the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Faun Fables lead singer- Dawn McCarthy take the stage together to perform an intimate concert. The two singers have worked together in various forms over their long careers, but recently have released the album “What the Brothers Sang”, an lp of Everly Brothers re-interpretations. Not merely an album of covers of the highly influential country/folk duo Don and Phil Everly (who are the “brothers”), but a total re-imagining of their work that is lesser known. Oldham and McCarthy have favored deep cuts and more obscure compositions to pay tribute to one of America’s best loved early pop favorites.
Will Oldham’s career has been long, strange and successful. His seemingly un-ending wealth of songs has proven that he is both mysterious and prolific. Even Stranger still seems to be his parallel careers in Indie film, and photography –al culminating in a circulum vitae that has seen him collaborate with artists as broad as Johnny Cash, Tortoise, Mark Kozelek, Zak Gallifinakis, Kanye West, and Slint. He has however always held on to his D.I.Y mentality, and always carried his powerful lyrics and haunting voice with him, wherever the world takes him.
Let us introduce most of you to Dawn McCarthy though. McCarthy is best known for her work with the group Faun Fables, a collection of musicians she formed after re-locating from NYC to California, to perform both her original material, and folk music tastefully chosen from Americana, British and Scandinavian stock. Her voice is unique, but also bears tribute to such ‘left of the dial’ folk singers as Sandy Denny, Vashti Bunyan and Victoria Williams. Faun Fables have released five full length albums, all garnering critical praise in the underground media outlets. McCarthy herself has collaborated with and sung on numerous Will Oldham projects, including their cult favorite Yule tide sensation “Christmas Eve Will Kill You”
So as your hangover and sunburn slowly melt away, you have the chance to see what will no doubt be one of the summer’s most interesting indoor concerts. You can probably expect to hear quite a few Everly Brother’s numbers, hopefully some of each of the duo’s originals and maybe even a Christmas song if you’re lucky. Tickets are still available at time of writing, but less may be available than normal concerts, as it is an early show, and most likely seated. As always, remember to get in on time, support starts at 20.00, and to respect your fellow concert attendees by saving your chatter for the smoking areas or behind the bar. Nothing more annoying than paying 285 bucks to have someone sitting beside you talking about “that song he did with Johnny Cash” or whatever. Have fun, and tell ‘em SOA sent ya!!!