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Dana Falconberry: Tiny Desk Concert

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July 29, 2013 Falconberry's songs are gentle, almost invariably delicate, sometimes mysterious and frequently feather-light. But her music's sweet, intricate softness never stands in for strength. Watch her and five bandmates perform three songs from her recent album Leelanau.

Dana Falconberry's songs are gentle, almost invariably delicate, sometimes mysterious and frequently feather-light. But her music's sweet, intricate softness never stands in for strength: This is a confident songwriter, whether she's ambling through six- and seven-minute epics ("Leelanau," "Dolomite") or chirping sweetly in the bouncy "Crooked River."

The compositions on Falconberry's most recent album, last year's Leelanau, are sturdy enough to be stripped down for a space like Bob Boilen's desk at the NPR Music offices. But each benefits immeasurably from the broad assortment of lovely flourishes she re-creates here with the help of five instrument-swapping backing players. What makes Falconberry stand out in a crowded field of singer-songwriters is her music's unfailing impeccability, and this Tiny Desk Concert finds her and her crack band hitting every immaculately crafted mark.

Set List
  • "Dolomite"
  • "Crooked River"
  • "Leelanau"
Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius, Robin Hilton; Editor: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Demczuk, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo; photo by Gabriella Demczuk/NPR

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