Women songsters bring lush sounds to evening show
Two excellent women’s groups sing Saturday. Opening is the local group Rossignol, known for its music of the medieval world. Headlining is Moira Smiley and VOCO, performing traditional songs. This evening will be full of a cappella music, tight harmonies and a lush wall of voices.
Smiley also works with KITKA Eastern European Vocal Ensemble and studies Irish “sean nós” (old-style) singing and Appalachian ballads and dance songs. She recorded a solo CD, “Rua,” which contains Irish and Appalachian songs, as well as her own songs (“rua” means “red” in Gaelic). Smiley’s songwriting has been called plaintive and rhythmic.
VOCO, made up of five artists, has played with artists from Rufus Wainwright to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter, Paul & Mary to Pauline Oliveros. The members of VOCO are full of energy, and they’re fun to watch (especially the body percussion). At the same time, they have the precision of a string quartet.
You may have already heard Rossignol (Nightingale) at St. Joseph’s and KVMR’s recent Celtic Festival and been impressed. The group sings the music of many countries of the old world. Saturday, part of the program will focus on Celtic legends of transformation and change.
This is an evening that promises a little more esoterica than most.
WHAT: An Enchanted Evening of Nightsong
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. (doors open an hour earlier)
WHERE: Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City
ADMISSION: Advance tickets are $15, available at After The Gold Rush Records, 232 Commercial St., Nevada City; (530) 265-3090; $20 general admission at the door for everyone; children 5 and under admitted free.
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