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Mary Fahl at The Soiled Dove show preview 

click to enlarge Mary Fahl, Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m., 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, tavernhg.com/soiled-dove.
  • Mary Fahl, Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m., 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, tavernhg.com/soiled-dove.
As befits a former Catholic schoolgirl who went on to major in medieval studies and develop a lifelong interest in Hermeticism, Mary Fahl makes music that feels timeless, esoteric and ecumenical. The former October Project singer’s clear contralto bridges the generational gap between Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and London Grammar’s Hanna Reid. Like her music, her voice is eerily self-assured, with a hauntingly gothic romanticism that inspired Anne Rice to portray it emanating from a dead woman’s room in her 2013 novel The Wolves of Midwinter. When Fahl and her former band signed to Epic Records back in the ‘90s, they gradually realized they were being groomed as the next Enya. As a solo artist, she’s had more freedom to pursue her own muse, whether that means recording original tracks with Mark O’Connor on violin and The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney on uilleann pipes or releasing an album-length take on Dark Side of the Moon. In concert, you can definitely expect a Pink Floyd cover or two, along with a good handful of October Project songs, and no Enya whatsoever.

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