Dust Bowl Faeries is a gypsy-folk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist. The unique compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in klezmer, circus and old-timey music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap steel, electric guitar, bass & percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries’ otherworldly sound. The band was founded by artist-musician Ryder Cooley in 2013 as a girl group trio. The group has now expanded to include five generations of musicians including Karen Cole, Jen DuBois, JoAnn Stevelos and Aaron Martin. Hazel, a taxidermy ram, joins the Faeries as mascot-spirit animal.
Dust Bowl Faeries have performed in numerous venues and festivals including the Steampunk Worlds’ Fair, Club Helsinki, Universal Preservation Hall and the Tang Museum. Their debut album was released in 2016 and features guest musicians Melora Creager (Rasputina) & Tommy Stinson (Replacements).
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(video by Chris Pellnat)
The Dust Bowl Faeries released their debut album in March of 2016. The album has been described as “a song cycle that leads listeners through darkness and light, from dream-pop to drone-rock, from girl-group harmonies to Velvet Underground-like textures, from the Arctic and into the forests, up the Hudson River on a steam-punk voyage to the psychedelic Gypsy cabarets of futures past, from cutting-edge electronica to wispy neo-folk tunes, and to netherworlds beyond” (S.R.)
(band practice at the cat rescue, 2016)