Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster will perform at «Forensics, Crime & Charming Disaster» on April 20, bringing their playfully macabre duets about love, death, true crime, and the supernatural to the Happy Dog Euclid Tavern in Cleveland. The evening also features historian and author Brandy Schillace of the Dittrick Medical History Center, presenting on forensics and Cleveland's riotous pre- and post-prohibition years. Brandy Schillace's books have been featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, and Science Magazine, and she has appeared on the Travel Channel’s «Mysteries at the Museum,» bringing the strange stories of history to life.
This event, combining medical history, live music, ghost stories, and a «guess the murderer» game, is presented by Happy Dog Euclid Tavern and co-sponsored by the Dittrick Museum. Admission is free to audience members of all ages.
Charming Disaster’s storytelling songs explore various kinds of trouble two people can get into, combining vocal harmonies and clever lyrics with ukulele, guitar, and virtuosic foot percussion to explore dark narratives and characters with a whimsical sensibility. Their songs take on themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the occult, playing out against a backdrop of nightclubs, car chases, circus tents, the afterlife, and beyond. A musical duo based in Brooklyn, NY, formed in 2012 by singer/songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris, Charming Disaster's inspirations include the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir fiction of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret. They achieved cult status when their paranormal love song “Ghost Story” was featured on the creepy hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Since then their theatrical, entertaining live performances have engaged audiences across the United States.
“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” -Yes! Weekly
«Heavily melodic folk music that is goth as hell.» –Impose
“Charming Disaster writes fables for the deconstruction...onstage, the duo has the same understated presence that makes its albums so compelling.” –MAGNET
“Gothic folk murder balladry, not unlike PJ Harvey at her most ornate. But there’s an accessibility and pop sensibility that also nods to the likes of Andrew Bird or Regina Spektor.” –Treble