May 5, 2017
Undlin & Wolfe with Francis Luke Accord (South Bend, IN)
$10 (suggested donation)
Back by popular demand, Dexter Wolfe and Siri Undlin along with friends from Indiana…. More to come…
Bio: Undlin & Wolfe’s alternative take on folk music captures the spirit of the North and experiments with the thresholds between landscape, story and genre. How Far, the band’s debut full‐length effort, is an album of in‐betweens ‐ between earth and sky, minutes and years, broken‐hearted and whole‐again. The music lives in the cool blue of fresh water 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.
“earnest and intimate, sparse yet smart, and you can feel its ancestry in the odes to northern life, whether it’s the woods of the Midwest or the winds of Reykjavik” – Invoke Magazine
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.