Mary Fahl will perform holiday classics and winter songs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. on December 10, 2021.
Mary Fahl is an expressive and emotional singer / songwriter who first rose to prominence as the lead singer and co-founder of the New York-based Folk-Chamber Pop October Project in the mid-90s. The hallmark of their sound was the impressive vocal power of Mary Fahl on beautiful melodies played with passion and sophistication.
As a solo artist, she was given more freedom to pursue her own muse, whether it was writing and recording songs for films (including the theme of the Civil War epic “Gods and Generals”), sing medieval Spanish tunes and songs for Sony Classical or release a single album version on “Dark Side of the Moon”.
As befits a former Catholic schoolgirl who specialized in medieval studies and who developed a lifelong interest in hermeticism, Mary Fahl makes music that feels timeless, esoteric, and ecumenical. Her sleek, cinematic songs draw inspiration from classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as the folk-pop of the man thinking she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that overwhelms the generation gap between Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention and Hanna Reid of London Grammar. . Fahl’s sound has a haunting Gothic romanticism that inspired Anne Rice to portray it emanating from a dead woman’s bedroom in her 2013 novel “Midwinter Wolves”.
In recent years she has toured and recorded on her own label, Rimar Records, and her recent releases have won awards including an Indie Acoustic Award for Best Live Album for “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” (filmed for PBS) and an Independent Music Award for their recent holiday album, “Winter Songs and Carols” – “Winter Songs and Carols takes the listener to another time, another place. It’s a wonderful experience,” said Aaron Badgley for Spill Magazine.
Its latest release, a 5.1 Blu-ray surround DVD, “From the Dark Side of the Moon,” brilliantly mixed by Bob Clearmountain, was named “Immersive Album of the Year” by Life in Surround.