Faun Fables (Dawn McCarthy & Nis Frykdahl, Drag City), Support: Franz Bargmann


Faun Fables is an approach to songmaking and theater, led by the voice. It brings to mind song form and expression very old, though not old fashioned. It is a collection of songs often embellished with prop, narration and physicality. Faun Fables' shows can read as a series of song ‘settings,’ where the world of each song expands into a fully dimensional place.

As a creative vehicle of Dawn McCarthy and frequent co-pilot Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, it has been generating a unique blend of music and theater since 1998. “Musically and theatrically versatile, Faun Fables can do whatever they want, and that’s what they do; their sound is invariably original, slightly mystical and timeless with a dramatic thrust impossible to categorize.” – Times Standard


“Light of a Vaster Dark is as provocative musically as it is thematically, with rhythms and choruses that swell and arrangements that are smart because they stay out of the way. It's a pop reinvention, if you will, for a band whose intentions have often been subsumed by their own ambitions.” --- Pitchfork

“McCarthy and Frykdahl deploy a dazzling array of folk sounds, drawing from Nordic, British, and American traditions with a rock flavor and kaleidoscopic timbre rooted in rich, detailed arrangements. McCarthy summons the spirit of 70s British folk-rock without the florid melodic embroidery and only subtle vibrato.” ---Chicago Reader

“McCarthy’s songs engage both the fantastic and the mundane in their concerns, and the music plays with accepted notions of everything from Elizabethan folk and Eastern European modal traditions (the title track) to country rock ("Parade"). "On the Open Plains" uses a cacophony of tribal drums to carry otherwise a cappella voices across distances of time and space.”—All Music Guide

“It might’ve been enough for Faun Fables to bear up McCarthy’s commanding theatricality on this album. Instead, it has a surplus of ideas that only make Light feel more purposeful.” – The A.V. Club

Admission: 20:27h (at the rise of full moon) , Start: 21:15h

FRANZ BARGMANN (Michael Rother, ex-CAMERA)
Faun Fables

Tickets: 12€ + fee advance sale, 15-16€ at the door