The Boston-based Darlingside quartet features four distinct voices with tightly-arranged tunes drawing from the unexpected, including strains of bluegrass, classical, and even barbershop. Accompanied by an arsenal of classical strings, guitars, mandolin, and percussion, these four close friends swap instruments from song to song and offer a sound that defies standard genre classifications. On Thursday, Aug. 29 they travel to Boothbay Harbor to help wrap up a busy August concert schedule.
Rolling Stone says the group offers “ ... locomotive folk-pop confections so richly executed it’s hard to tell if it’s one voice or 12 … they evoke both the likes of Guster, and Crosby, Stills & Nash with a diehard earnestness, mixed with the symphonic chug of a string band. But it’s their use of both electric bass and tinny banjo that keeps it modern.”
Darlingside performs all of their music around a single vocal microphone, inviting audiences into a lush, intimate world where four voices are truly one. Their 2016 performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival "earned an ecstatic reception and turned them into instant stars," according to The Daily Telegraph. The band tours regularly throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Europe.
Advance discounted tickets are currently available through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Advance tickets are $25. Regular tickets are $30 and available on the day of the performance as well as at boothbayoperahouse.com. All seating is general admission with doors opening at 7 p.m. Darlingside takes to the mic at 7:30.