Bill & Kate Isles
BORN: Bill: Duluth, MN ; Kate: Tecumseh, NE
RESIDES: Duluth, MN
PLAYING SINCE: Touring together since 2007
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 released his first CD, "Weightless" in 2001. Kate heard him do an interview on a local public radio station and went to the CD Release show. She bought a CD, signed up for his email list, and asked for an autograph on the CD. "Grounds for marriage", says Bill.
This song is in the first person of Michangelo as he approaches the Sistine Chapel the first time, to scope out the project. Bill wrote it when he was first considering touring outside of his home area (Duluth, MN). The uncertainty and questions about worthiness are related to the important task of expanding the imaginations of the audience by "painting pictures on their ceilings".
Kate's book club read Lawrence Hill's "Someone Knows My Name". In it, the main character, a slave girl, has a baby and names the baby "Mamadu". He is the light of her life. Later, in the night, the slave owner takes the baby from her. This is from her point of view. It speaks to all who have lost children.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
No answer provided.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
"Let me produce your next CD"
4: What was your first concert?
I can't remember back to the time when I first performed, but I quit when I was 23 and started again when I was 48. It was February 4th, 2000 at Beaners Central in Duluth, MN. They had just opened.
5: What/where is the best road food?
In our travel trailer.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Go where you grow.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Scottish writer George MacDonald (1824-1905)