The members of Insomniac Folklore are a band of lovable hooligans that would probably be considered offensive, if only they weren’t so darned cute. At present, the group includes Tyler Hentschel, Amanda Curry, and Adrienne Hentschel, with frequent appearances by Wallace the Musical Sheep. This charismatic group is enthralling as a three piece with guitar, bass, stomp box, and their signiature intense vocals. On occasion, they are joined by the likes of Randy Simonatti, Dennis Childers, and St. John Van Beek in the Northwest; or Lisa & Zachary Strader and Joshua Hedlund near St. Louis, Missouri, to create a vibrant whirlwind of musical tones using such insturments as drums, accordion, violin, tambourine, and occasionally ironing board.
Insomniac Folklore has been warmly received by members of the cabaret and steampunk communities and can be recommended for people who like Tom Waits, Wovenhand, meWithoutYou, Nick Cave, Jason Webley, the Dresden Dolls and Simon & Garfunkel.
Their music, to which they lovingly refer as “Tantrum Folk,” has been described as a combination of 1960s folk-rock, 70s punk, indie-rock and vaudeville. In the vernacular, this translates to a heartfelt and theatrical stomp-along dance party which may very well leave you in tears.
Contrary to popular belief, the members of Insomniac Folklore have never committed arson or incited any people to riot. If you invite them to your town, they promise to be on their very best behavior, really and truly, especially if you provide them with food.