Faun Fables

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


The creation of singer-songwriter and theatre artist Dawn McCarthy (30 October 1971, Washington, USA), this unusual recording project also features her regular collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist Nils Frykdahl (b. Oakland, California, USA). McCarthy’s early recordings surfaced on two self-released albums, 1998’s Faun’s Fables and 1999’s Early Song. The material on these releases could be loosely classified as Appalachian psych folk, with McCarthy’s eerie vocals weaving together lyrics that reflected her interest in Paganism and mysticism. Both albums also included strikingly different cover versions of traditional folk songs, a ruse that McCarthy would continue to pursue on later releases.

McCarthy teamed up with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum member Frykdahl for a second own-label release, 2001’s Mother Twilight. Frykdahl’s dizzying array of weird instruments and sound effects prompted McCarthy to...

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