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Smoke Fairies 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Mon., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. 2011

Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, aka London duo Smoke Fairies, make music that often lives up to their name—it's touched with a sort of Middle English ethereality. Their recent U.S. debut, Through Low Light and Trees (Year Seven), features plenty of full-band arrangements beholden to early-70s rock (every time I hear the start of "Strange Moon Rising," I think it's a cover of "Ohio"), but the sweet, forlorn harmonies of their braided voices are always the focal point—whether they're singing something that sounds like a medieval madrigal ("Dragon," which includes the line "Shouts in my head and the crunching of bone," is about a dragon chomping on the singer's fellow villagers) or a Summer of Love nugget. The two women have been making music together since the mid-90s, and their voices have formed a bond that gives the music much of its charm. For this tour Blamire and Davies will accompany themselves on guitars. —Peter Margasak Singing in the Abbey opens.

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