Daisy Mayhem


Rani Arbo swiped the name of the band, daisy mayhem, from a defunct Minneapolis rock band and later found out that it was the name of a recumbent tandem bicycle manufactured in Illinois. The band has shared stages with Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, Tuck & Patti, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Alison Brown, and Maura O’Connell. They have recorded with Tim O’Brien, Louise Taylor, Brooks Williams, Mark Erelli, Dana Robinson, and The Neilds.

Rani Arbo (vocals/fiddle) began singing in a New York City cathedral choir when she was seven. She has sung classical choral music from nine centuries and traditional and contemporary folk music from several continents. In the past ten years, Arbo has toured the U.S. and Canadian folk music circuit, first with Salamander Crossing, and now with daisy mayhem. She also writes features and music reviews for magazines, including Acoustic Guitar and Strings.

Andrew Kinsey (vocals/bass/banjo/ukelele) has been Arbo’s singing partner since 1991. Kinsey plays bass, banjo, whistle, and ukelele, and croons vintage swing tunes.

Anand Nayak (vocals/guitar) joined daisy mayhem in August, 2000. Nayak’s roots are in folk and rock, and he sings harmony and some lead.

Scott Kessel (vocals/percussion) is a kit player and world percussionist by training. To daisy mayhem, Kessel brings the Drumship Enterprise: a recycled kit featuring a cardboard box, cat food tins, a Danish butter cookie tin, and a vinyl suitcase.

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