FARMINGTON — Lula Wiles will give a summer concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Historical Society North Church Arts Center, 126 High St.

A Lula Wiles show resembles a whiskey-slap to the heart. Gathered around one microphone, Isa Burke, with Farmington natives Ellie Buckland and Mali Obomsawin, pass around instruments and frontwoman duties with style and ease.

Rachel Spear will open the show with several songs. Spear is a ninth-grader that’s taken songwriting lessons from Buckland and guitar lessons from her father, Andy Buckland.

Lula Wiles brings diverse influences to original songs that combine tradition with a distinctly modern sensibility. The group’s repertoire spans from centuries-old Appalachian ballads to classic country to contemporary Americana songwriting.

All members grew up in Maine in musical families, and they began playing music together as children at Maine Fiddle Camp. One by one, they each found their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music.

Burke and Buckland, both on vocals, fiddle and guitar, began performing as a duo in April 2013. Lula Wiles was born when Obomsawin, on bass and vocals, joined a year later. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles has performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the Northeast, including Club Passim, One Longfellow Square, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Tweed River Music Festival.

Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for high school and college students and $5 for grammar school students.

To reserve, call 207-778-2006.


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