For as long as we have been folk music lovers and musicians, we have been deeply inspired by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and their artists. Therefore, we are thrilled and honored to announce we have signed with Folkways for the release of our second album. Their archive is full of records made by our musical and political heroes, and to share a record label with so many legendary folk musicians is a dream come true. We are so excited to join Folkways in their renewed commitment to celebrating the past and future of folk music and activism, and we look forward to sharing more with you about our new album!
We're excited to present a couple of brand-new live videos from our beloved Bluegrass Jamboree tour in Germany a few months ago. These were filmed live at the Columbus Theater in beautiful Berlin by Macabre Pariah.
By the way, if you're not already subscribed to our YouTube channel, do it!
We're so excited to announce that we have joined the Lost Buffalo Artists roster! Mollie Farr is a hard-working, intelligent, generally amazing lady and we're overjoyed to have her as our booking agent. We're sharing a roster with a bunch of our friends and favorite musicians, including Kristin Andreassen, Joe K. Walsh, Les Poules à Colin, and Locust Honey.
If you're interested in booking Lula Wiles, you can get in touch with Mollie at firstname.lastname@example.org!
It's been a good while since we've played a headlining show in Boston, but worry not: we'll be returning on March 20th to play a show at the Lizard Lounge, the greatest bar in America (that is a fact, that's not just Isa editorializing). We're so excited to be back in our hometown – and we'll even be trying out some new songs!
But wait, there's more: we're so excited to have Rachel Sumner opening the show! Rachel is best known as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter in everyone's favorite bluegrass/indie-pop band Twisted Pine, but she also plays banjo and various woodwind instruments. (She can also occasionally be seen in the Lady Hang, a supergroup of sorts with Ellie and Isa and a bunch of other ladies.)
Come on out! We can't wait to see you! We'll post a ticket link on our SHOWS page as soon as it's available.
New York City, you scare us but we love you. This is just a quick hello to say that we'll be comin' at ya this weekend to play a show at the famed Jalopy Theatre! We'll be playing a set of our music (featuring some brand-new songs) at 8:30 PM, followed by a quick square dance lesson at 9:45 and a square dance at 10, with music by local badass old-time band Ginny's Kitchen.
See, they're great, right?!?! We love 'em. And we love to square dance. Hope to see you there! Here's a link where you can buy tickets.
GERMANY IS COOL
Look at all these happy faces! This onstage selfie pretty much sums up how much fun we had on the Bluegrass Jamboree tour. We spent a month on a bus in Germany with our dear friends the Lonely Heartstring Band and Lonesome Ace Stringband, our fearless tour managers Rainer and Ille, and our VERY fearless bus drivers Gerda and Peter.
We played 23 shows in 26 days, visited a lot of Christmas markets, played a lot of country songs and old-time tunes in hotel bars and in stairwells and under bridges, and drank a lot of pilsner and mulled wine. It was one of the best experiences of our lives, and we feel so grateful for it all! You can check out our Instagram for more photos from the tour.
BOSTON JAN. 5
We're so excited to be returning to the Sinclair in Harvard Square for a big ol' throwdown with our pals the Suitcase Junket, Julie Rhodes, Tim Gearan, and Kate Lorenz. What a lineup! It's this Friday, January 5th, and we play at 8PM, so be punctual! We may even be trying out some brand new songs at this show. You can get your tickets HERE.
OUR FAVORITE SONGS OF 2017
2017 was a tough year in a lot of ways, but it was a really good year for new music. In order to celebrate the new year, we made an epic Spotify playlist full of our favorite songs released throughout the year – click HERE to check it out! We hope it helps you find some new music you'll love.
That's all we've got for now. Stay tuned, though – we think 2018 is going to be a big year for Lula Wiles! As always, you can keep in touch with us by following us on social media and signing up for our email list. We can't wait to show you what we've been working on. We hope you're all staying warm, and we wish you a very happy new year!
Isa, Ellie, and Mali
Prost! That means "cheers" in German, which I had to confirm by Googling it! We will have to spend the next month and a half brushing up on our German, because...
We're beyond stoked to be part of this year's Bluegrass Jamboree tour playing 23 dates in Germany and one in Austria! Joining us on the tour, which starts November 21, will be our dear friends the Lonely Heartstring Band, and our soon-to-be-friends the Lonesome Ace Stringband. Check out all the tour dates on our SHOWS page, and tell your friends in Germany if you (unlike us) are cool enough to have friends in Germany. We're gonna drink ALL of the beers.
We're not actually calling this the Maine Fiddle Camp Reunion Tour, I just thought of that name a second ago, but maybe we should have?? (We met Ari & Mia as #youngteens at MFC and it's really fun to be playing music with them again.)
ANYWAY. Northeast mini-tour with Ari & Mia is underway! We had an awesome time last night at Riverwalk Cafe in Nashua, NH, and we're heading west to the Parlor Room in Northampton, MA tomorrow. We're so excited to return to the Parlor Room – it's one of our favorite venues.
After that, we'll be returning to the very lovely Birdhouse Center for the Arts in Lambertville, NJ, where last year we met a newborn lass named Willow who became the namesake for Mali's bass. From there, we'll be heading to Dewey Hall in Sheffield, MA, and closing things out at our band's home Club Passim. Tickets are moving, so get 'em while you can! You can find ticket links & details on our SHOWS page. Hope to see you out there!