ABOUT Harmonious Wail


In the Press


Harmonius Wail arrives ……..The bouncy rhythm, the delicate music arrangement and good musicianship have made Harmonious Wail, one of the few outstanding bands that combines Eastern European folk songs and American jazz music.


…each member’s intense playing and sense of purpose never wavers….. It is definitely an uplifting, mind-altering experience.

--The Washington Examiner

Touring Projects

Rakonto (the word for story in Esperanto) is Daniel Kelly’s newest project to be featured throughout the State of NY as part of a NY Presenters grant.  Daniel Kelly interviews the people of your community based on a theme (e.g. the themes in NY include Hurricane Sandy and immigration). During this residency community members: students, seniors, business owners, children in after-school programs, musicians, church congregations and social service organizations will share their experiences, ideas, thoughts with Daniel and their voices will resonate in an original musical work produced by the composer/pianist. This project can be done with Daniel Kelly solo, with his 4-et, and/or oftentimes involving local musicians who may also contribute a genuine local sound to contribute to the work. When attending the performance, many of these people will hear their voices presented in a fresh new context: a musical work of art that illuminates the hopes, dreams and points of view of different members of a community. It is possible to engage the project already produced in NY or have an original produced in your town. 


Video Samples


Enjoy an exclusive Web-extra bonus song from WPT's "Harmonious Wail at the Mabel Tainter." Madison's Harmonious Wail brings its enticing style of mandolin-driven gypsy-jazz to the Mabel Tainter Center For the Arts in Menomonie.

Driving on the road to a North Carolina performance, Harmonious Wail encountered a wicked storm that resulted in the band's vehicle overturned. Despite feeling jittery, the group continued their way and played to a full house. When Maggie woke up the next morning, "Bones" was a natural response to the recently experienced whirlwind of events.