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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 3 PROVIDENCE – Darlingside's "signature superpower harmonies" draw frequent comparisons to late- 60s groups such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Byrds, but the group says their "penchant for science fiction and speculative futurism" counters any attempt to label them "retro." Surrounding a single condenser microphone, each member's indi- vidual talent shines through mul- tiple instruments while the quar- tet's unique ability to create a fifth instrument using their combined voices is brought to life. The group will be at the Columbus Theatre in Providence this Sunday, Dec. 9. For tickets to the 8 p.m. show, visit columbusthe- . Auyon Mukharji, who along with college friends Don Mitchell, Harris Paseltiner and David Senft created Darlingside, said the group loves bringing its signature folk Americana sound, all through one microphone, around the globe. One microphone and lots of instru- ment switching is not the way most people perform, he said, but it works for this group. Sunday's performance will also feature the "beautiful music"of Vermont's Henry Jamison, he said. Darlingside just received a nomi- nation for the 2019 UK Americana Music Association's "International Song of the Year" Award for their track "Hold Your Head Up High." They are currently on tour support- ing recent album "Extralife," which NPR Music coined as "poetic" and "evocative of feeling." "Extralife" takes a beautiful, haunting look at society through a dystopian lens, offering a unique and unspoken post-apocolyptic perspective of the current social climate. The Boston Globe describes Darlingside as "a bold-roast blend of coffeehouse folk, sparse lyrical poetry, '70s-era male harmonies, bluegrass strings, and dreamy ambience." Mukharji said his group is "extremely proud" of "Extralife," and even those who have seen recent performances will hear some new tunes Sunday. Group members are also very excited to be bringing lights along for the show, which he said will elevate it a bit. Darlingside brings unique sound to Providence By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMERON GEE Musical group DARLINGSIDE brings its folk Americana sound to the Columbus Theatre in Providence on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. Entertainment is one thing, said Mukharji, but the most impact- ful music transports someone to another place. There's a "transport- ive" quality to art in general, and it's right there in Darlingside's work, he said. Sunday's show will have serious elements, but the perform- ers also add lighthearted aspects as they interact and improvise with the audience. All four group members write their music together, which can be a slow-moving process but creates a better and more powerful classically written final product, he said. To see the group's NPR Tiny Desk performance, visit series/tiny-desk-concerts and search Darlingside. Enjoy Christmas from Ireland with Lúnasa at Blackstone River Theatre Friday CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., presents Christmas from Ireland with Lúnasa and special guest Ashley Davis on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. According to event organizers, Lúnasa is widely acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times. Their recordings have sold over a quarter of a million copies. Lúnasa features Kevin Crawford on flute, low whistle, and tin whistle; Trevor Hutchinson on double bass; Ed Boyd on guitar; Collin Farrell on fiddle and low whis- tle; and Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistle will be joined by Ashley Davis, a native of Kansas. Davis has emerged as a leading singer/songwriter in the Irish tradi- tion, performing as soloist for "Lord of the Dance" and named as one of the most influ- ential Irish Americans under 40. Admission is $30 in advance, and $35 on the day of show. The concert is sponsored in part by Navigant Credit Union. For reserva- tions or information, call 401-725-9272. Blackstone River Theatre will present Christmas from Ireland featuring LÚNASA and special guest Ashley Davis on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. Admission is $30 in advance, and $35 on the day of the show. Call 401- 725-9272.

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