Daisycutter represents New York's musical melting pot in action. Based in
the Hudson Valley just north of NYC, this "downtown/upstate" band combines
a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, creating a
mix of indie roots-Americana with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Usually
a 5-piece electric band, they also tour as an acoustic trio, led by
singer/fiddler Sara Milonovich, and featuring singer/bassist Daria Grace
and guitarist Greg Anderson. This crack band of musical veterans "mixes
literal folk, plaintive balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking."
(Robert Burke Warren, Chronogram)
Frontwoman/singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich is a sought-after side
person in the folk, rock, bluegrass, americana, and celtic music worlds, and
has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. Growing
up on a farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing fiddle when she was
four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned
to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, and
composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with bluegrass band The
McKrells, and moved from there through a busy career as a collaborator with
such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger, Jeff Wilkinson, and Eliza
Gilkyson, among others. She also founded Rootstock, a nonprofit music festival
dedicated to supporting farmers in the Northeast US.
Daria Grace is a bassist, singer and ukulele player from NYC. She has toured
and recorded with avant-rockers God Is My Co-Pilot, pop-noir sextet Melomane,
and Americana weirdos The Jack Grace Band. More recently she has been playing
and singing with singer/songwriter Sasha Dobson and B-52 guitarist Pat Irwin.
Daria also leads her own band The Pre-War Ponies, who specialize in obscure
tunes from the '20s, '30s and '40s.
Multi-instrumentalist Greg Anderson has lived in many of NYC's musical worlds,
playing everywhere from CBGB to Carnegie Hall. Well-known for his work in folk
and world music, he spent 9 years as guitarist with the Eileen Ivers Band, and
8 years with singer Cathie Ryan, and played with many artists from other
traditions, from Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight to Shakti violinist L.
Shankar. He has also worked with many contemporary folk artists, including
Richard Shindell, Jack Hardy, Dave Moore, and Dar Williams. He was bassist for
15 years with the avant-rock group Doctor Nerve, played with Grammy-winning
klezmer-jazzers The Klezmatics, and founded the acclaimed celtic-world fusion
group Whirligig. Also a sought after producer, Greg is known for blending
traditional music with contemporary sounds and production values.
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