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Dana Falconberry

Possessing a deceptively powerful voice, at once capable of achieving a hushed intimacy and a dynamic potency, Dana Falconberry quickly made a mark upon moving to Austin. Born in Deerborn, Mich., on Dec. 14, 1979, Falconberry studied dance as a child and pursued the interest while attending Hendrix College, a small liberal arts school in Conway, Ark. Upon graduation, she recorded a duet project with Mark Shantz, a professor at the college who had accompanied many of her dance pieces. Ten Birds on One Wire was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis and released in 2005. After the project, Falconberry moved to Austin where she began performing with Red Hunter's Peter & the Wolf. Her ethereal accompaniment laced the band's debut, Lightness, in 2006, offering a balance to Hunter's deep vocals on the hypnotically lo-fi folk tunes. The same year brought Falconberry's own debut EP, the beautifully wrought Paper Sailboat, on which Patty Griffin contributed piano. – Doug Freeman

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04/07/14 @ Holy Mountain
S. Carey, White Hinterland, Dana Falconberry

Bon Iver drummer ménages à trois with Casey Dienel and local folk charmer Falconberry.

08/30/13 @ Mohawk
Dana Falconberry/Mother Falcon

A final weekend for August, signaling summer’s practical passing with long, lazy days evaporating as Austin beefs up and buckles down for the school year. Toast the season with back-to-back nights at Mohawk headlined by electric standouts of Austin’s indie scene: Dana Falconberry and Mother Falcon – no relation. Friday, Falconberry, in pixie-voiced majesty, sings deep songs about nature and life over playful plink and pluck folk-pop with Lafeyette’s Brass Bed and local pop folkies Reservations opening. Saturday, Mother Falcon amasses for an orchestral barrage of compositional complexity and uncaged emotion. They’re joined by Deep Time and indie-experimentalists Royal Forest.

08/09/13 @ Scottish Rite Theater
Elliott Smith Tribute

A chance meeting between David Garza and Ashley Welch, younger sister of Elliott Smith, sparked a series of national tribute shows in memory of the late folksinger this month in New York, Portland, and Los Angeles. The local installment, organized by Garza and hosted by KUTX jock Jody Denberg, features performances from Amy Cook, Ben Kweller, Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), Johnny Goudie, Nakia, Dana Falconberry, Suzanna Choffel, and Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle singing from Smith’s melancholy songbook. Fittingly, the event benefits SIMS, which provides mental health services for musicians.

05/29/13 @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Dana Falconberry

Free Wine Down, 5-7pm.

04/04/13 @ Stubb's
Dana Falconberry, Buxton

Austin songbird meets Houston indiellectuals.

02/22/13 @ Holy Mountain
Dana Falconberry

Nature’s muse in cowboy boots. Good Field, Belaire, too.

11/17/12 @ Cheer Up Charlie's
Dana Falconberry
Austin gone Michigan by way of indie chamber pop.
10/04/12 @ Scottish Rite Theater
Dana Falconberry CD Release
A complete artist: singer, songwriter, guitarist – and quality in all. Falconberry hailed from the mitten state, attended art college in Arkansas, and landed in Austin where she’s ascended from bandmember (Peter & the Wolf) to solo act. The pixie-voiced singer now strikes gold with her Michigan postcard Leelanau, a heartfelt folk-pop album with an experimental bend. Pick up a copy in the antique beauty of the Scottish Rite Theater.
08/09/12 @ Patagonia
Dana Falconberry
Clothiers’ free concert series welcomes cowboy boots folkie, 6pm.
07/23/12 @ Frank
Dana Falconberry
Lots of reasons to love Frank beyond its “hot dogs/cold beer” ethos, not the least of which are stellar lineups like this one. Dana Falconberry dazzles with the dulcet harmonies and intricate arrangements of latest EP, Though I Didn’t Call It Came, preparation for the local songstress’ upcoming third LP, which spins rich with strings and a full sixpiece band. L.A. duo the Driftwood Singers prep folk harmonies behind the intertwining twang of Kris Hutson and Pearl Charles, while fast-rising local songwriter Shakey Graves opens.
05/26/12 @ Mohawk
Father John Misty
Fleet Foxes refusenik Joshua Tillman hasn’t simply retrofitted the golden era of L.A.’s Sunset Strip. He’s a one-man Wrecking Crew on new Sub Pop debut Fear Fun. As Father John Misty, Tillman, who cut three folk maps for Austin’s Western Vinyl, reimagines fellow drummer Hal Blaine’s all-star aura. The Beach Boys, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra: the Wrecking Crew cut ’em all. And Tillman crooning like Glen Campbell on Hollywood noir spins uncanny. Outside, with Har Mar Superstar and Dana Falconberry first.
04/20/12 @ Spider House Ballroom
KVRX-FM ‘Local Live’ 16
Sunday 10pm slot at 97.1 expands its local CD library with performances by Dana Falconberry, Little Lo, Burgess Meredith, and Milk Thistle.
03/02/12 @ Emo's
Austin Music Presents
Since Emo’s East opened last year, the iconic venue’s expansion has lacked a little local flavor. With no small stage, the booking on Riverside Drive has been all or nothing, making management understandably anxious about Austin DIY acts still building their audiences. This sort of umbrella showcase for just such groupings is what the roomy venue needs, an airtight bill sure to shine on Emo’s East’s big new stage. Soul Track Mind and Annika Adderly bring the soul, Dana Falconberry and Graham Wilkinson supply subtle songcraft, and Not in the Face unleashes Black Keys-like blues.
12/30/11 @ Frank
Dana Falconberry
Prepping the release of her new EP, Though I Didn’t Call It Came, local songstress Dana Falconberry previews her latest harmony-enriched swoons, powerfully delicate and resiliently rootsy. Chris Salveter of Chicago’s Judson Claiborne wanders South, trailing his own acoustic ballads, while Marfa’s Ross Cashiola reconstitutes his former Windy City collective Hotel Brotherhood to open with a Will Oldham-eque weariness pitched into the rambled narratives. Hot dogs, cold beer, cool music.
06/29/11 @ Mohawk
Matt Bauer
Paging Sam Beam, with locals Sleep Good and Dana Falconberry.
04/08/11 @ Club de Ville CLOSED
Pau Wau Presents
In the blur of South by Southwest, you might have missed The Lost Tribes: A Guide to Austin Music, featuring released and unreleased tracks by Agent Ribbons, Dikes of Holland, Sunset, Zorch, and more. The 15-track comp was assembled by local zine Pau Wau, and as with many DIY ventures, they’re holding a benefit for future issues. Chris Catalena & the Native Americans, Cartright, Agent Ribbons, and Dana Falconberry take to the limestone stage. A $5 donation gets you free beer while it lasts.
11/04/10 @ Mohawk
Local Music is Sexy
Almost too sexy. This annual orgy of aural ecstasy includes the bearskin rug sounds of Bill Baird, the Weird Weeds, Watch Out for Rockets, Markov, Botany, Amasa Gana, Sleep Good, Mutual Benefit, Dana Falconberry, Rayon Beach, and Sally Crewe. Next door at Club de Ville, the kickoff party for Fun Fun Fun Fest boasts the Helio Sequence and more. Both are free!
10/24/10 @ Mohawk
Echotone Premiere
07/08/10 @ Mohawk
Ola Podrida
“There’s always a shadow in the prettiest of scenes,” reflects David Wingo on Ola Podrida’s “The Closest We Will Ever Be.” The local songsmith has composed acclaimed film scores for director David Gordon Green and a new political documentary, Gerrymandering, currently making the festival circuit. Those sort of nostalgic observations add to the sepia-toned haze of last year’s serene Belly of the Lion. Old soul folklorists Dana Falconberry and Denton’s Bosque Brown open.
01/14/10 @ Mohawk
Dana Falconberry CD Release
The local songbird channels ghosts of Texas past on Halletts.
08/13/09 @ Beerland
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Daniel Francis Doyle, Elvis
A local chorus line of tempo tantrums. Dana Falconberry starts the night on a sweet note.
07/02/09 @ Stubb's
Jesse Woods
The banjo man channels the ghosts of Texas past. Dana Falconberry summons bluebirds to her shoulder.
05/01/09 @ Emo's CLOSED
Monarchs EP Release
A night of Texas-bred country by the ladies. Local quintet Monarchs, led by the fluttering vocals of Celeste Griffin, christen gritty roots-rock ballads of brand new EP Those Words, Those Frames. Singer Dana Falconberry unspools an early 20th century thread from last year’s breezy Oh Skies of Grey. Opener Mara Lee Miller is Bosque Brown, and for her sophomore LP, the Denton singer-songwriter birthed a Baby – Miller’s voice drifts high and lonesome, like some ghost of Appalachia.
04/24/09 @ Austin Moose Lodge No. 1735
Dana Falconberry, One Hundred Flowers, the Lovely Sparrows
Lovely local sounds from the Moose’s mouth.
02/14/08 @ Continental Club
White Ghost Shivers’ Valentine’s Massacre
Having trouble expressing your affections? Let the Shivers’ swinging, retro ragtime help. Warning: may lead to bondage, bloodshed, incest, and some dubious animal interactions. Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5 teach Murder and the Art of the Dance, like binding Tom Waits in the shackles of Tav Falco and demanding a tango. Opener Dana Falconberry’s dulcet voice sets the tone. Here’s your bloody valentine.
02/18/07 @ The Parlor
George Showalter Benefit
Daniel Francis Doyle, the Bellfuries, and Dana Falconberry together for a good cause.
09/22/06 @ Epoch Coffee
Dana Falconberry
Her vocals added the velvet to Peter & the Wolf's dusty debut CD, and now Dana Falconberry gives us her solo offering. Paper Sailboat is a six-song dish of Delta blues and wistful folk, and features appearances from vocal other half Red Hunter on accordion, Glass Eye bassist Brian Beattie, and Patty Griffin on piano. A promising debut and a voice that will fill Epoch Coffee, the new 24-hour caffeine hot spot, 221 W. North Loop. 8pm.
08/06/06 @ The Peacock
Alex Dupree & the Trapdoor Band
Local troubador Alex Dupree’s live shows tend to be magnetically charged, drawing in players and singers while others drop out (hence the “trapdoor” in the name, get it?), but what he does guarantee are affirming, often rocking tales of travel and romance and the occasional death ballad. Joining them is Nashville’s CJ Boyd Sexxxtet, a group of cellophiles who apparently really love being naked and playing classical music. Who doesn’t? Local singer/guitarist Dana Falconberry pipes up first.
Last Updated: August 27, 2007

December 14, 1979
Genre: Pop/Rock and Singer-Songwriter/Folk
See Also:
Peter & the Wolf
Upcoming shows:
Sat., Jan. 17, 8 p.m. @
Full Discography:
Paper Sailboat (2006)  
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