Arborea w/Paper Hats & Lower Dens at Betty's 

Folk Folks

Folk Folks
When it comes to contemporary experimental artists, the word “haunting” gets tossed around an awful lot — probably an egregious amount, in fact. But the creeping, ethereal folk landscapes created by Maine duo Arborea could hardly be described more aptly. Husband and wife Shanti and Buck Curran use banjo, acoustic guitar and Ban-Jammer — that’s a special sort of banjo-dulcimer made by Tennessee luthier Mike Clemmer — to construct delicate, warmly intimate numbers that are often grouped with the psych-folk movement, though theirs is a more subtle and minimalist strain. Virtuosic local sideman William Tyler also performs as his solo project Paper Hats. Warm and enveloping but never wanky, Paper Hats shows typically feature the capably strummed Telecaster of Tyler with occasional accompaniment from cello or some other beautifully moody and subtle instrumentation. Baltimore’s Lower Dens will also perform.
Tue., March 16, 9 p.m., 2010

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