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Double your pleasure, double your fun this Wednesday at Spider House. It’s a night of duos, featuring Asheville-based twosome Dyado, supported by real life local couples R.O. Shapiro and L.N. Tronick, and Aaron & Marielle.
$5 cover ($8 for under-21)
About the bands:
Watching them perform, you might think Dyado: cousins Louisa Stancioff and Matt Lohan, were raised from zygotes in some Red House Records incubator, and forced to play music together at cruelly young ages, like some folk Jackson Five. Then, you look at them onstage and realize they’re having fun, sneaking dumb looks and setting each other off, like real cousins. Turns out neither knew the other existed until they were both around 20, and met at a family gathering one summer in Maine, where Louisa grew up and Matt worked on schooners.
Louisa and Matt are of that ilk who sing and handle instruments with an infuriating effortlessness. As a generosity to those of us who struggle to play instruments and sing recognizable melodies, they both occasionally contort their faces in faux fits of agony mid-syllable to make it look harder than it really is. Matt’s guitar playing is at once offhand, precise, and inspired, and Louisa’s voice is unswervingly true-toned, warm, lilting. Both write great songs. Both play fiddle, and both would rather stay up playing fiddle tunes and singing than sleep.
R.O. Shapiro and L.N. Tronick (www.roshapiro.com)
Raph and Lauren, as they’re known to friends, met in college as members of a 16-person American folk music chorus, called Tangled Up In Blue. After school they went on to perform and tour together as two-thirds of the trio, Odell Fox. Lauren has since decided to pursue a career in medicine, but any time she’s able to join Raph onstage with her tasteful fiddle and honeyed vocals, she totally steals the show.
Aaron & Marielle
Lydia Froncek of Ley Line and Daniel Aaron Fears of Strings and Fearscome together with smooth vocal harmonies and a delicate balance of keys, percussion and trombone. Let them whisk you away on a sonic adventure through songs about love, life and the pursuit of happiness.