Sometimes you hear a song for the first time and it just sends shivers up your spine. I had that reaction when I heard Darlingside’s “The God of Loss.” Darlingside is four acoustic musicians with spellbinding vocal harmonies. They remind me of a young CSNY.
Rolling Stone magazine describes their music as “locomotive Folk-Pop confections so richly executed it’s hard to tell if it’s one voice or 12.” I have never been so excited to present a new band-on-the-scene as I am about Darlingside. Have a listen to “The God of Loss” and come hear them at SOPAC. -Mark Packer, SOPAC Executive Director
The four members of Darlingside, Dave Senft, Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, and Harris Paseltiner met at Williams College in western Massachusetts. Two were roommates, met the third member in a singing group and then met the fourth member in that same singing group one year later. From there, the four bonded over a shared interest in songwriting, despite a diversity of musical backgrounds and performance.
As soon as Harris, the youngest, graduated, the friends moved into a house on the Connecticut River in Hadley, MA. “We had ‘family dinners’ almost every night,” says Dave, “rotating cooking for one another, and we spent a lot of our free time out on a dilapidated houseboat that we called the ‘Shack Raft.’” Building such a close bond with each other gave the group a deeply personal dynamic that many other performing groups don’t have.
Darlingside is known for their unique take on vocal arrangements and live performance. All four members will sing around a single condenser microphone in unison while passing around harmonies and melodies. NPR describes them as, “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque Folk-Pop.” The band describes their writing process as a reflection of their deep connections with each other, each lyric reflects all their memories and experiences. Darlingside takes pride in blurring genres, making every song a blend of their unique tastes and styles.
Their second full length album Birds Say (2015) launched them on a national tour supporting Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin at sold out venues. Darlingside has continued their work in the studio with their 2016 EP Whippoorwill. The EP has a total of 5 songs with haunting chords and melodies reminiscent of the EPs title namesake the whippoorwill bird, a species known for its haunting call.
Opening Artist: Henry Jamison
“Burlington, Vermont-based folk singer/songwriter Henry Jamison’s anecdotal songs are written like the Great American Novel. He crafts his lyrics with metaphor, juxtaposition, and a certain poeticism resonant of vagabond folk heroes or members of the literary canon — a familial tradition, coming from a long history of writers like Civil War-era songwriter George Frederick Root or 14th Century British poet John Gower.” –Billboard.com