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Sept. 3, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa — Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will open the 2004-05 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Called `the Greta Garbo of folk music' by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Rani Arbo is the lead vocalist, fiddler and founder of daisy mayhem.

"Together they perform a wide repertoire of blues, swing, earthy country, Appalachian fiddle tunes, original songs and much more," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"Arbo and members of daisy mayhem — Andrew Kinsey, Anand Nayak and Scott Kessel — sing and play lots of instruments including fiddle, upright bass, banjo, whistle, ukulele, guitar and Kessel's "Drumship Enterprise," a recycled percussion kit which includes a cardboard box, cat food tins, a Danish butter cookie tin, a suitcase, and other unusual items," Boswell said.

Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe says, "Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem may be the Next Big Thing in New England folk music. But Arbo, the smart, sultry fiddler-singer who leads the hot band from Western Massachusetts, is a far mountain holler from the brooding folk-pop songwriters who have dominated the local scene recently.

"Arbo's voice is smart and sultry, with winking nuances that seem always to be sharing secrets with us. Her fiddle is at once elegant and sinewy, shimmering with sly wit and mystery. She is, in all the important ways, already a star of the first order," said Alarik.

Tickets are available in person beginning Sept. 7 from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at after Sept. 7.

The 2004-05 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.


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