Lula Wiles – Nov 3, 2019

Date And Time
Sun, Nov 3, 2019 7:00pm, doors at 6:00pm

Daniels Hall
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210


Lula Wiles with The Dollhouse Thieves

Lula Wiles

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What will we do? For Lula Wiles, the trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin, the question is central to the creation of their music—and it’s the title of their sophomore album, out in 2019 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. “We wanted to make an album that reflected, in a current way, what we are all staying up late thinking about and talking about over drinks at the dinner table,” says Obomsawin. “What is everyone worried about, confiding in their friends about, losing sleep about?” Anchoring the band’s sharp, provocative songcraft is a mastery of folk music, and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions. They infuse their songs with distinctly modern sounds: pop hooks, distorted electric guitars, and dissonant multi-layered vocals, all employed in the service of songs that reclaim folk music in their own voice. The musicians take turns in different roles––Burke and Buckland on guitar and fiddle, Obomsawin on bass, all three singing and writing—but no matter who’s playing what, they operate in close tandem. All three members grew up in small-town Maine, and the band came of age in Boston’s lively roots scene. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, garnering acclaim from NPR Music and a Boston Music Awards nomination, and sharing stages with the likes of Aoife O’Donovan, the Wood Brothers, and Tim O’Brien. Lula Wiles exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music.

The Dollhouse Thieves

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The Dollhouse Thieves is a multi-instrumental Denver project started by husband and wife team Niki and Luke Tredinnick that blends elements of neo-rock with indie-folk using jazz-influenced vocals and unconventional instruments such as accordion, clarinet, and trombone. The band members all hold music degrees in composition, education, and performance, and share over a decade of performing and writing music together in various settings across the country to make them an exceptional group. Their aptitude for singing and playing a multitude of string, percussion, woodwind, brass, and keyboard instruments within a wide array of styles evokes enchantment and delight in their audiences.

Their first full-length album The Dollhouse Thieves was released digitally and on vinyl in June 2018. Delving into personal and universal themes of mental health, loss, romance, nature, and inner conflict, and weaving in and out of genres, their debut album showcased their musical versatility. It stays true to Luke and Niki’s fondness for their Colorado state and features several notable Colorado musicians, including Jean-Luc Davis (The Railsplitters), Zack Littlefield, Olivia Shaw (Avenhart), and Jessica Carson (The Prairie Scholars).

The Dollhouse Thieves” band name comes from Luke’s mother’s nickname for her cousins who reclaimed the family heirloom dollhouse (her toy as a child). This kind of family story speaks to us, because we are about community and family; striving to bring people together and spark curiosity and imagination through our music.