Darcie ready to fly
"Pilots and musicians are of the same breed. They all have their heads in the clouds," Darcie muses. Born in Toronto to a journalist/pilot mother and a bush helicopter pilot father, she started her childhood in Northern Canada, constantly moving around the North American continent, from one culture to another. At 16, Darcie struck out on her own, continuing to "pay her dues", making her living on the streets of Toronto playing guitar. Finally finding home in Austin, TX, Darcie is well known for her fiery fiddling and singing her songs, and with artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eliza Gilkyson, Toni Price, Slaid Cleaves, Tish Hinojosa, The Meat Purveyors, and more. Currently she's a member of the band The Austin Lounge Lizards.
Darcie’s versatility is her strength. In the past few years she has developed her own personal way of coaching music for adults and kids of all ages.
Her involvement in theatre keeps her busy in Canada, Austria, Italy, Prague, Scotland, NYC, and other US cities. Currently Darcie is a cast member of the play "Woody Sez", a four person cast that is also the band. Her part was written for her, playing multiple characters and instruments.
In 2007 she released her 5th CD, "Livin' on the Lucky Side.” Her alter ego/evil twin fiddle sister, Marcie Mercy, assists. Darcie and Marcie also team up to perform, write stories, play on and produce CD's for other musicians.
"Intelligent, warmly satisfying and touching. At home on an assortment of instruments, Darcie Deaville is not to be overlooked ..."
- The New York Times
"[Darcie] shows a talent for songwriting and storytelling on a par with Rory Block and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Clearly, Deaville is one to watch." - Kerry Dexter, Dirty Linen
"Her wizardry with melodies and musicianship draws the listener into a whirling journey, that when finished definitely lets you know that you're not in Kansas anymore." - Rich Warren, Sing Out Magazine
"In the fiddlework, in the words, and in the supporting cast of musicians, there is power in this album ..." - Christopher Hess, Austin Chronicle
"The songs are written from experience, Deaville singing of flight and strength, of secrets and their telling, of hope and hurt and desolation . . . the album's tone is one of stubborn triumph rather than fear and defeat. Darcie Deaville, it seems, knows a thing or two about survival ..." - Jay Hardwig, Austin Chronicle
"Strong vocalist Ms. Deaville was obviously the crowd pleaser of the day. She plays the guitar, mandolin, and fiddle with equal competence; her amazing ability to sing while she plays the latter is only one of her attributes ..." - John Conquest, Third Coast Music (formerly Music City Texas)
"Get her to play "Ducks on the Pond" and "Red River Jig". If your toes ain't tappin', you're dead ..." - Phoenix Gazette
"Deaville has a mystical quality that is a nice surprising touch of fantasy in an otherwise down-home show. It is very heartening to see this young woman with an infectious grin up there all by herself, just making the music fly ..." - The Peak (Vancouver, BC)
"Multi-talented Darcie Deaville is the perfect combination of great musicianship and personality ..." - Jethro Burns (of Homer & Jethro)
"Darcie Deaville provides the fiery fiddling and the wild-eyed stares that fans fear to love and love to fear." -The Meat Purveyors
The Austin Lounge Lizards - Darcie plays fiddle & mandolin in this band
The Austin Lounge Lizards have been performing satirical folk music in Austin and around the US and Canada for 29 years. The band has become the darlings of activist groups, who have relied on their songwriting talents to parody subjects such as abuses of the pharmaceutical industry, media conglomerates, health care and more. Their recording of Irving Berlin's "C-U-B-A" was featured in Michael Moore's most recent movie, "Sicko." "The Drugs I Need" is the Lizards most topical album yet.
Based in Austin, Texas, since they formed in 1980, the Lizards have honed their music into a knife-sharp art form. They've delighted audiences from Texas to California, from Canada to the U.K., with their inventive style of satirical folk, country and bluegrass. Trademarks of a Lizards song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke fun at politics, love, religion and the culture in general. For example, among the songs on their latest CD, "The Drugs I Need", are the title song and four others commissioned by Consumers Union and other advocacy groups. The Lizards tackle the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance, big media and big oil, and excessive credit card debt (a touching duet entitled "Xmas Time for Visa" with guest vocalist Tish Hinojosa), and the newest is an animated video called the Balance Transfer Switcheroo, featuring Darcie on the lead vocal.
Woody Sez - an award winning play about Woody Guthrie & the depression - Darcie & 3 others as cast and band
JOHN STEINBECK wrote "There is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those willing to listen." ...
Millard Lampell created the template for "Woody Sez" in 1956. He put together "CALIFORNIA TO THE NEW YORK ISLAND," a program of Woody's words and music performed as a tribute by a group of some thirty performers, players and pre-school dancers. Fifty-odd years later David Lutken, Nick Corley, Darcie Deaville, Helen Russell and Andy Teirstein weave Woody's songs together with excerpts and anecdotes from his books and the columns he wrote for the "PEOPLE'S DAILY WORLD" to create a concert narrative - a biographical, political, and personal portrait of one of the world's immortal troubadours.
Marcie Mercy - alter ego
New Orleans keeps Marcie's soul thriving. The Northernmost city of the Caribbean, the melting pot of many cultures, is the heartbeat of Marcie's playing. The Meat Purveyors (a now defunct band from Austin TX, said this about Darcie - "[She] provides the fiery fiddling and the wild-eyed stares that fans fear to love and love to fear". Marcie was doing the playing in that band.