A special Celebration/Concert on Saturday, June 28 at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY. We are celebrating the birthdays of Mike Hotter (Swamp Baby) and our own Karen Cole (Dustbowl Faeries).
Making their Helsinki debut, Albany psych-folktronica band Swamp Baby formed in 2005 out of the ashes of acclaimed alt-country (and originally Kingston-based) outfit Knotworking and have been gaining notice slowly but steadily for their particular form of intimate, ethereal chamber pop. Swamp Baby will be playing in their original quartet formation for this one- bringing it all back home for Mike Hotter’s 40th birthday!
Here’s a song from our Halloween performance at 19 Holden Street in North Adams. The song is Blue River, written by Ryder Cooley, performed by the Dust Bowl Faeries: Sara Ayers on keys, Karen Cole on lap steel, Ryder & Hazel on accordion. Camera by Tim Livingston.
Alexa Chase of Seat of Perception reviews our performance as part of The Atrocity Exhibition at The Cobra Club in Brooklyn on November 16:
“Wearing Hazel (a deceased ungulate’s head) on her back, Ryder Cooley seems to sing on behalf of many animal spirits as they are channeled through her murky folky vocals. On either side of Ryder (above), 2 ‘sisters of fate’ weave their sonic looms, harmonizing and pounding with mallet and throat, plucking and pushing with the warp and weft of their Shamaness’ tale.
“Cooley, a captivating performer, seems at times to be almost floating outward toward the audience, temporarily evacuating her corporeal space so the souls of extinct beasts have room in the vessel of her body to fill as she sings them forth…
“The weavereses range their sonic threads from metal strands to deep dark river folk and a teepee smokestack’s rippling tones. Hard and soft and summoned, the imagined animal spirits have a strangely sweet allure and sway us through the Ryder’s lips beneath her feathery lashes and inkwell eyes.”
A special night: Dust Bowl Faeries and Swamp Baby at the historic Steamer 10 Theatre in Albany on Saturday, March 1. The faeries will open for the ever-eclectic and adventurous Swamp Baby.
Here’s some photos from our Halloween performance at 19 Holden Street in North Adams.
Photos from our performance at An Evening of Murder Ballads, a Halloween fund-raiser for the hallowed Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, taken by Tim Livingston. More photos from the evening, and a review, here.
Dust Bowl Faeries performing at the opening night celebration for Venus in Fur at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany on October 1, 2013. Photos by Tim Livingston.
Photos from Restoration Festival, held at CAC Woodside in Troy, September 7, 2013.
Here’s a song from our debut performance: River Shanty, written by Ryder Cooley, performed by the Dust Bowl Faeries: Sara Ayers on keys, Karen Cole on drum, Ryder & Hazel on accordion. Performed at Dennis Herbert’s folk art museum/gardens in Hudson, NY, July 7, 2013. Camera by Tim Livingston.
Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries from Ryder Cooley on Vimeo.