Anna Murphy (songwriter, vocalist, hurdy gurdy player, and flutist) accompanied by Merlin Sutter (drummer and songwriter) joined me for a candid, humble, and insightful conversation – often coupled with laughter – about their applications of Stoicism in private and public life.
We explore overcoming adversity; the benefit of taking on challenges; creative expression; coping with negative emotions; balance between intense emotion and reason; self-reflection; finding meaning in life; courage; friendship, the importance of social connections; grief; death; anger; and mental health.
We also spoke about their appreciation for Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus which led them to include Stoic themes in their music namely in their song ‘Hullabaloo’ formerly titled ‘Tears of a Stoic’ among other songs on their new album ‘This is the Sound.’
Cellar Darling formed in Summer of 2016 out of the split of Switzerland’s most successful metal act to date, the chart-topping Eluveitie. The trio, also including, Ivo Henzi (guitars & bass), looks back on a decade of touring the world in more than 45 countries on 6 continents.
After the split with their former band, the trio began working on their own songs – a unique combination of grand and heavy riffs, powerful drumming and a unique voice with the signature folky, earthy tones of the hurdy gurdy confidently fusing heavy alternative and progressive rock with strong folk influences and poetic tales – a New Wave Of Folk Rock.
The release of Cellar Darling’s debut album ‘This Is The Sound,’ signed to Nuclear Blast Records, received widespread critical acclaim also entering top 100 charts in Switzerland, Germany and the UK peaking at #16 in the band’s home country and surpassing 1.8 million streams on Spotify alone within 6 months.
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