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Deadly Nightshade Family SingersThe Deadly Nightshade Family Singers, Plain Brown Suit (2000) - Here's a unique sound from a Minneapolis-based combo. The Deadly Nightshade Family Singers are a five-piece combo that plays what they call "alternative parlor music." I call it interesting and original, as the all-acoustic combo blends folk, Latin, Klezmer and middle European influences.

DNFS consists of Bob Barnes on accordion, trumpet and piano, Lisa Fuglie on vocals, violin, mandolin, guitar and tin whistle, Randall Throckmorton on violin, guitar, and melodica, Mark Anderson on string bass and percussion, and Chris Murray on guitar, dobro, bouzouki, and flute.

Deadly Nightshade Family SingersExcept for Mark and Lisa, who are married, the Deadly Nightshade Family Singers are not family. DNFS recently added a percussionist to the group (Leonard Madson). The group likes to play on stage with just one microphone. When DNFS cannot play with just one mike, they use a six-headed mike stand called the Love Tree.

There's no easy way to describe Plain Brown Suit. But I grew up in Minneapolis, so I understand their influences, as they take a folk sound, introduce other acoustic elements, and push it into the realm of Middle European melodies.

Deadly Nightshade Family SingersThus, my favorite track is the instrumental, "Firn di Mechutonim/ Freylach," with its accordion-based melody, which juxtaposes against "Sal, the Millionaire," with lead vocals by Ms. Fuglie.

For a unique and refreshing sound, without any pop pretensions, try Plain Brown Suit.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Bob Barnes
Deadly Nightshade Family Singers
3201 47th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406


- Randy Krbechek © 2001

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