Benefit Concert Series
leading up to the opening of our coffee shop.
This is the first such concert.
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September 12th at 7pm
8443 2nd Ave Bloomington, MN
the doors of our FIRST Outreach Coffee shop!
We will be serving some great coffee at the concert!
Bill & Kate Isles
Lyrical, Folk, Bluegrass and traditional styles.
We are acoustic singers/songwriters based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, the goal of our performances is to carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. We have a keen understanding of the importance of the relationship between the performer and the audience. We tour nationally, presenting our program of songs and stories to audiences large and small, from private “house concerts” to theatres, to festival stages. 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 Isles (Born and raised in Duluth, MN) performed his first show of original songs, after a twenty-five year haitus, 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. Bill’s love of life has strong roots in his childhood, but his urgency to tell these stories comes from an experience in 1993 when, with just enough warning to drive himself to the hospital, he experienced a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. He arrived with just ten minutes to spare. After being defibrillated, and before the doctors had time to detect and open a blocked artery in his heart, he made a commitment to himself that, if he survived, he would begin to write again. Those paddles restarted more than just his heart…
Kate Isles (Born in Tecumseh, NE, raised in Rochester, MN) was a closet singer/songwriter when she came to a CD release concert for Bill's first CD, “Weightless” after hearing a public radio interview. She bought the CD and signed up on his e-mail list. ("Grounds for marriage!” quips Bill). Their song, “Public Radio (A True Story)” is a delightful duet that chronicles these beginnings.
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 of 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".
2008, ’10, ‘13 Official Showcase Artists, Midwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference
2009, ‘10 Official Showcase Artists, SERFA Conference, Mtn. View, AR
2009, ’11, ‘13 Official Showcase Artists, Int’l Folk Alliance Conference
Annually Harmony for Mayo Series, Mayo Clinic
2010 & 2013 Crystal Theatre, Crystal Falls, MI
2008, ’09, ’10 Big Top Chautauqua, Mt. Ashwabay, WI – Main Stage and hosting songwriter weekend
2007, ’10, ’12 Sarasota (FL) Folk Club Feature Act
2008, ’10, 12 Houston (TX) Folklore Society 2nd Saturday Series Feature Act