Nandi Rose Plunkett writes, records and performs under the name Half Waif. Raised in the bucolic cultural hub of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Nandi was the daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent. Her music reflects her lifelong endeavor to reconcile a sense of place. She was one of Williamstown’s only non-white residents.
As a kid, she listened to a wide mix of music that included everything from Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, to Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt and traditional Indian bhajans. In college, she studied classical singing and became enamored with the works of Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. Her output as Half Waif reflects these varying influences, resulting in a richly layered collage of blinking electronic soundscapes, echoes of Celtic melodies and the sad chord changes of 19th-century art music.
SUPPORTING LAND OF TALK @ THE GOOD WILL SOCIAL CLUB
TUESDAY JUNE 20 | DOORS 9:30 | HALF WAIF 10:30 | LAND OF TALK 11:30