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Lambs Eat Ivy


Nancy Andrews, Emma Elizabeth Downing, and Michael Willis, recently joined by Jonathan Gorrie, are the eccentric, decidedly unsheeplike minds behind Lambs Eat Ivy. In a quasi-backwoods style, the Lambs perform foot-stomping nouveau folk songs, with lyrics chock full of pancultural transcendentalism. Self-described as “Appalachian Zen” or “Mystic Hillbilly Theater,” they draw on sources that include the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Baptist sermons, and Native American folklore. The Lambs’ slightly warped, hoedown sound is heightened by vocalist Downing, whose otherworldly warbling weds a Dolly Parton twang with falsetto keening reminiscent of Kate Bush. The group’s instrumentation includes a cowbell, washboard, guitar, fiddle, melodica, and harmonica.

The first half of the set consisted of the most recent version of their eerily amusing passion playlet entitled “Dream Bardo,” 1989, performed

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