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Concert Review: St. Lou Fringe - A visit to 'Fairyland' with Heather Dale and S. J. Tucker at Satori Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23

Concert Review: St. Lou Fringe - A visit to 'Fairyland' with Heather Dale and S. J. Tucker at Satori Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23 stlfringe.com
Written by Chuck Lavazzi
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Official description: “Punk pixies. Sassy elves. Tinkerbell in combat boots. Our first international Fringe act ever grabs audiences by the hair and drags them laughing into Fairyland. Forget the little storybook fairies you think you know… Heather Dale and S.J. Tucker are beautiful badass myth-makers, who sing Celtic folk-rock songs about mischief and magic.”

Looking like they just stepped out of a local Renfaire, the members of this four-piece band are talented multi-instrumentalists (guitars, bass, recorder, Bodhrán, and something that looked like giant doumbek) who perform a high-energy set of story songs about fairies, selkies, and even the Inuit sea goddess Sedna. The lyrics—at least the ones I could make out in Satori’s less than ideal acoustic space—were mostly about the hazards of dealing with the fey folk. The music was much in the tradition of the great British folk-rock bands like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention. If that’s a genre you enjoy, I can safely say you’ll like the sounds this group produces.

Ms. Dale and Ms. Tucker share the vocal leads in all the songs but Ms. Tucker provides the dancing, flitting about the stage like a bit of a pixie herself. Their performance style is, perhaps, a bit too overtly theatrical and exaggerated for an intimate space like the Satori gallery—it tended to distance me a bit from the music—but they’re such engaging performers that I found this an enjoyable show all the same.

"Fairyland" performances are June 21 at 6:00, June 22 at 1:00 pm, June 23 at 6:00 at ANNONYarts at Satori, 3003 Locust. For more information: stlfringe.com.

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