Bill and Kate Isles, a traveling duo, are back by popular demand at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls. The singers/songwriters will be performing live in concert Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery.
Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance.
Words like “Mesmerizing,” “Transcendent” and even, “Hysterical” are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.
Bill, born and raised in Duluth, performed his first show of original songs, after a 25-year hiatus, in February of 2000. Since that time, he has become one of the most well known singer/songwriters in the Minnesota acoustic scene and has been getting national and international attention.
Kate, raised in Rochester, was a closet singer/songwriter when she came to a CD release concert of Bill’s after hearing a public radio interview. She bought the CD and signed up on his e-mail list.
Their relationship began in the ensuing months as they enjoyed afternoon sessions with guitars, harmonies and coffee. They’ve been together ever since, marrying in May 2004. They have toured nationally as a duo, full-time, since early 2007, performing about 150 shows per year.
Their late-2011 duo album, “Still Beneath the Stars and Moon”, includes ten new original songs and showcases their respective songwriting with several of Kate’s songs as well as a few they’ve co-written. The response has been very positive with many comments such as “We’re wearing out your CD, we listen to it all the time!”; and “It’s the perfect blend of two voices.”
This performance is family-friendly and children under 5 are admitted free. Tickets are available at Reality Roasters and Great River Arts Association both in Little Falls.
For more information, call (320) 632-0960.