Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak

Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak

BandFolkAcoustic

Riveting, intimate, simple but with unexpected images and chords. Truthful and descriptive lyrics. Polly’s low and beautiful voice has a delicate and detailed touch. Anand’s guitar arrangements and harmonies are richly textured. Feels like a throwback in that it reminds you of the good stuff.

Biography

Polly & Anand met in college, singing in a stairwell. Polly grew up singing with family and friends, gospel choirs and community choruses, and listening to music constantly. Anand sang and studied classical piano in his childhood, picking up the guitar in high school to join a rock band.

Cutting their singer-songwriter teeth on the streets of Cambridge MA, Polly & Anand have since performed on stages large and small from Maine to North Carolina. Together and separately, Polly & Anand have shared stages with many artists including Doc Watson, Jack Langstaff, Gilian Welch & David Rawlings, Dar Williams and Tim O'Brien.

Their music has a hushed intensity, and the harmony singing has been called ‘sublime’ by many. Clearly in love with music of the early and mid nineteen hundreds from blues, jazz and soul to folk and rock, Polly & Anand are doing their best to carry the torch and make some more beauty in the world.

Lyrics

Instead

Written By: Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak

rainy day, I wish I could soak into the ground
instead I'm walking into town

I could have been the one that you chose
instead I chose to let you go

yesterday the rain hung frozen in the air
but today it has washed me bare

I could have been the one that you chose
instead I chose to let you go
more than a friend
less than a lover
here is the heart this rain has uncovered

it's been years, a few letters and nothing more
but today I find you at my door

as we speak the rain is turning into snow
now you say it's time for you to go

I don't regret the choices I made
and yet I love you just the same
I could have been the one that you chose
instead I chose to let you go

Two Leaves

Written By: Polly Fiveah & Anand Nayak

two leaves in a hymnbook, face to face
crumbling paper fine as lace
and dusty ribbons pressed along
the yellowed seams of every song
two leaves in a hymnbook, face to face

light in a window, cold and high
dust on the sill where the flowers lie
soaked in the bones of church's sleep
are veins of music running deep
light in a window, cold and high

there in the walls of a wooden room
voices singing simple tunes
the empty bench's silent gaze
remembers the sounds of other days
two leaves in a hymnbook, face to face

crumbling paper fine as lace
and dusty ribbons pressed along
the yellowed seams of every song
two leaves in a hymnbook, face to face

Granddaughter's Wedding Day

Written By: Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak

his is the country where I was born
and this is where I will remain
and I'll raise my children in the gathering storm
as the wheat fields ripple in the acid rain
they called my mother crazy
for wanting to raise her kids in a place
where fish still swim in the rivers
where something still remains
to teach us how to distinguish ourselves
from all these machines that we've made

and I know they'll call me crazy
they say we have nothing to fear
but what is this world gonna look like
in another fifty years

and i want to live a ling life
and when my hair is gray
to be able to gather wildflowers
on my granddaughter's wedding day

they call my mom an environmentalist
and they say it like it's a disease
because they believe the american dream
is that everyone ought to be free

to destroy whatever they want to destroy
but why is it crazy to say
i just want to be able to breath the air
on my granddaughter's wedding day

on my granddaughter's wedding day
on my granddaughter's wedding day
i just want to be able to breath the air
on my granddaughter's wedding day

and this is the country where I was born
genetically modified waves of grain
and I'll pay my taxes for nuclear missiles
while shopping malls blossom like weeds in the rain

and they'll say not to hurry
that nature can always adapt
but why are we in such a hurry
to tear down the beauty and build all this crap

and I know that's easy to forget in this country
but wouldn't you trade it all away
for the promise of gathering wildflowers
on your granddaughter's wedding day

and i want to live a ling life
and when my hair is gray
to be able to gather wildflowers
on my granddaughter's wedding day

Discography

The Road the Wheels & the Ride (2005 Dizzydog Music). Available at CD Baby and Itunes.

Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak (1998)

Set List

up to two hour sets of both originals and covers from the blues, folk, jazz and soul traditions.

Typical Set:

One Morning in May (a capella)
Sunny Side of the Street (jazz-swing)
Two Leaves (original americana-ish)
Instead (original folk)
Highway Patrolman (springsteen)
Granddaughter’s Wedding Day (original folk-protest)
Pale Moon (original blues)
Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy (blues)
Greenback Dollar Blues (traditional)
Lock My Heart (jazz-swing)
Happy Ever After (original swing)
Tail-light Firefly (original blues)