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Frances Luke Accord with special guests Undlin & Wolfe
Fri, April 28, 2017, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
"Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music." - Joni Deutsch, NPR's Mountain Stage
"Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldn't recommend their debut LP, Fluke, highly enough."- Darlingside
"While Simon & Garfunkel may be no longer touring, Powers and Gunty are more than talented enough to take their place." -Quinn Delaney, PlaylistHQ
Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.
Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord's approach to music has marked a boundless evolution. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).
Fluke, FLA's psuedo-self-titled introduction to a national audience, is a self-produced vocal tour-de-force that leaps quickly and definitively into the canopy of contemporary art. It is dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Its melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their invitation to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage Radio Show with Larry Groce, national tour with Darlingside, official showcase at Folk Alliance International's 2017 Conference, or the $16K Kickstarter that funded Fluke, Frances Luke Accord's compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.
Undlin & Wolfe is an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.
How Far, U&W’s debut full-length effort, is an album of inbetweens -- between earth and sky, between friends across oceans, between years that have passed so quickly or too slow. It lives in the space between broken-hearted and whole-again. The music will meet you between the cool blue of fresh water in July and the silver lines of December moons, will walk alongside you in the space of wherever it is you started and that unknowable place you’re going.
Recorded between the two cities of Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI, How Far is a reflection in the lake, a ripple along the surface, the echoes of what we remember.