Next up in the Concert in the Park series are Kate and Bill Isles, musicians and songwriters from Duluth, Minn.
The duo captivates audiences with a wide variety of musical and performance styles. Their songs are great for audiences both large and small.
They will be performing Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park.
Bill Isles was born and raised in Duluth. He performed his first show of original songs, after a twenty-five 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.
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 was born in Tecumseh, N.E. and raised in Rochester, Minn. She 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".