Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles


  • February 27, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $16 advance | $19 door

They’ve been a festival hit all over New England, thanks to what one critic calls “harmonies that would make the angels envious, and songs of love lost (and a murder ballad or two) that would make them blush" (Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots). Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (acoustic guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (electric guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (acoustic guitar/bass) each contributing singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show, anchored by their powerful three-part harmonies. Currently based in Boston, Lula Wiles released their debut album in May 2016. Their sophomore effort, What Will We Do, was released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on January 25 this year.