Faun Fables

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Faun Fables
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Dawn McCarthy
Background information
OriginOakland, California, United States
GenresPsychedelic folk
Art rock
Experimental music
Performance art
Years active1999–present
LabelsDrag City
MembersDawn McCarthy
Nils Frykdahl
Past membersJenya Chernoff
Matt Lebofsky

Faun Fables is an American band from Oakland, California. Faun Fables is a concept and vehicle for Dawn McCarthy, who was inspired to write the original material while traveling after leaving the New York City music scene in 1997.[1] Faun Fables also covers 20th century compositions by other songwriters and traditional folk songs. The music on the first album is entirely by McCarthy, as are all lyrics and most of the music on Mother Twilight. All albums except for the first are collaborations with Nils Frykdahl, inspired by McCarthy's previous work and "Dawn the Faun" stage persona.


Frykdahl is known for his work with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Idiot Flesh. Dan Rathbun, a longtime collaborator of Frykdahl's, produced the two most recent albums and mastered Mother Twilight. The albums and shows also feature collaborations with:

  • family members Sheila Bosco (Autobody; Drumhead; Flaming Fire; zBug), Brian McCarthy and mother Michelina Tyrie;
  • Matt Waldron of 'Irr App Ext'
  • Robin Coomer of 'Loop!Station'
  • Kirana Peyton of Blackbird Stitches;
  • Isabel Douglass of Rupa & the April Fishes;
  • Noe Venable;
  • Will Oldham;
  • Dan Rathbun of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (bass guitar)


McCarthy's performances draw on many influences, from British, Scandinavian, Appalachian and Eastern European music. Her shows often contain elements of theater—dance and puppet shows are common elements. Her music has been compared to Ewa Demarczyk and to neo-psych-folk artists such as Devendra Banhart and Current 93. Transit Rider music is complete take of Ewa Demarczyk

The Transit Rider[edit]

This is an ambitious performance and multimedia documentation of a song cycle entitled The Transit Rider.


Release Title Label Extra info
1999 Early Song (unofficial) Reissue: August 24, 2004; Drag City
2001 Mother Twilight Earthlight Reissue: August 24, 2004; Drag City
February 24, 2004 Family Album Drag City
March 16, 2006 The Transit Rider Drag City Stage Performance
October 19, 2010 Light of a Vaster Dark Stage Performance
July 22, 2016 Born of the Sun Drag City



  • Dawn McCarthy: composer, vocals, guitars, percussion, stomping, autoharp, gamelan
  • Nils Frykdahl: composer, guitars, flutes, vocals, percussion, autoharp, broom


  • Sheila Bosco: vocals, percussion
  • Kirana Peyton: bass, vocals, percussion, harmonium
  • Meredith Yayanos: violin, theremin, vocals, percussion

The Transit Rider North America Tour 2006:


  1. ^ "The history of Faun Fables, home of Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl". Faunfables.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02.

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