Matthew Meadow House Concert

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An Evening with Bill & Kate Isles

A Matthew Meadow House Concert

When: Friday, April 20.  Snacks and socializing start at 6:00PM, concert begins at 7:00PM

Where: The Hanleys, 3509 Mateo Prado, NW

How much: Suggested donation of $15 per person (all proceeds go to the musicians)

We’ll have dessert nibbles, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks; feel free to bring along anything you wish to share.

RSVP: or 268-0837

Further information:

A Note from the Hanleys:

Hello – Last year about this time, we held a house concert with our friends Bill & Kate Isles, and it was a magical evening. They’ve left their hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, once more to travel the south during the cold winter, and they’ve made plans to travel through Albuquerque once again. Their music is a wonderful blend of acoustic folk, blues, country, and even some bluegrass, with beautiful songwriting and lyrics peppered throughout.  We’d love to have you come out and enjoy an evening of their sometimes introspective, sometimes irreverent, and always enlightening and entertaining songs.

From their website at, where you can learn more and hear some of their music:

Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. 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”.

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