Lula Wiles with Mary Elaine-Jenkins
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Lula Wiles with Mary Elaine-Jenkins

Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time music, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock songwriting and arranging, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) each contributing their own singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show.

Mary Elaine-Jenkins has a new record out on September 28th. We're digging everything we've heard and are excited to bring this new artist to your attention!

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10 String Symphony with Carling and Will
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

10 String Symphony with Carling and Will

“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect” NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana”

“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.”
American Songwriter Magazine

“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microhphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first. Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off-road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow strokes that will make future audiences take note.”
The Bluegrass Situation

“…Stirring together Old-Time flavors with the broader range of influences brought by an omnivorous musical appetite”
The Nashville Scene

Carling & Will are a traditional folk duo based out of Southern Vermont with Carling Berkhout and William Seeders Mosheim. Both are multi-instrumentalists combining unique melodic instrumentation with an old-time sound.

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Mipso
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Mipso

Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso – Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) – release their fifth album, Edges Run, on April 6th, 2018 via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular” (Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an “ Artist You Need to Know.” The band brings a distinctly unique sound – full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn. Look for Mipso on tour this spring in support of their new release, Edges Run.

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Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton

A recording is simply a snapshot in time. Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton embody this philosophical approach on their quietly stunning debut Been on Your Side. Fascinated by the life of songs—how they change and evolve as one’s life does—the duo has captured twelve tracks full of ephemeral charm. Courtney Hartman, known for her work with Della Mae, is one of the most compelling young guitarists today, possessing a virtuosity of sensitivity.

Ashton has enraptured listeners with his Canadian roots group Fish & Bird, and his pulsing clawhammer banjo is an integral part of this new project. While recording Been on Your Side, the duo sang rich, entwining harmonies into old ribbon mics mere feet from each other—just as they wrote these songs. The result is an intimate dialog between two musicians who are committed to refreshingly honest music making, and who push one another to greater heights.

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