"a deep-flowing river of a voice" (Sing Out! magazine)
For years, Diane Taraz has been writing her own songs and breathing new life into traditional ones. With dry wit and a light touch she explains the intricacies of her music. Audiences listen entranced as she sings a cappella, a challenging style at which she excels. Dirty Linen magazine calls her a "fine, inventive guitarist" and she plays lap dulcimer with uncommon passion.
On her CDs and in concert, Diane delves into fascinating corners of music. She draws inspiration from Celtic, British, French-Canadian, and American folk, plus blues and jazz. Performing live, she presents historic programs that focus on the American Revolution, the Civil War, and many other eras.
"Diane does an extraordinary job weaving together history and performing arts through
storytelling and beautiful song. Her meticulous research, musicianship, engaging presence, sense of
humor, period costumes, and professionalism allow her audience to lose themselves in a delightful
experience that transports them to another time. New England historical sites and history buffs are incredibly
fortunate to have Diane Taraz in our midst to bring our past to life!"
-- Robert A. Perry, Executive Director, Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham, Mass.
Born in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, Diane has long made her home in the Boston area. She directs the Lexington Historical Society's Colonial Singers (click on the name to visit) and sings both soprano and alto (though not at the same time) with Vox Lucens, a 12-member a cappella Renaissance choir (click on the name for more), and the UUlations, a women's a cappella group.
"I cannot be at the Isles of Shoals this year, as I have been every August for decades. To console myself, and hopefully others, I have made a private-issue recording of beloved songs from Star Island. Half are from previously released recordings of mine; some I have sung for years at the family conference we attend, Life On a Star (LOAS); and a few are brand new.
"Rockin Out on Star Island features Billy Novick on whistle channeling The Sandpiper. Larry Luddecke works his magic on keyboard, and guest pianist John Yannis accompanies me on an utterly Victorian rendition of Good-bye, Sweet Day! -- sung at the Isles of Shoals for a mere 140 years. Chickens and Bears celebrates the affection between those who jump into the ocean at dawn (know as Polar Bears) and those who most definitely DO NOT, known as Polar Chickens. It's a sneaky little number that sounds as if we're getting away with something!
"You can only get this CD here, from my website. Click on Recordings for instructions. When Star Island opens again, I hope to have it available in the island bookstore.
"I am still performing, via Zoom and occasionally live-streamed from an actual venue. See Performance schedule for details.
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