Sister quartet to perform at Redstone Saturday


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Posted Online: Feb. 07, 2013, 12:49 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

"Hannah and her sisters" takes on new meaning with the Holbrook sisters --Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza -- an indie folk quartet known as SHEL. They performSaturday at 8 p.m. at the Redstone Room, Davenport.

TheHolbrook sisters grew up in a musical household in Fort Collins, Colo., and first appeared on the stage backing their singer-songwriter father, Andrew Holbrook. In 2005, the girls collaborated to form SHEL and now play and write all of their own music. Their EP, "When the Dragon Came Down," was co-produced by six-time Grammy winner, Brent Maher.

They describe their sound as "wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk esthetic..." Allusions abound to their core influences -- The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and acoustic group Strength In Numbers. Tracks such as "Tuscany" borrow liberally from their classical training, "yet there's nothing ponderous or unapproachable about them," the group's news release says.

The Tennessean newspaper said SHEL's debut was "filled with virtuoso instrumental flights, other-worldly harmonies and evocative, atypical lyrics..."

On Echoes Radio, SHEL's album was recognized in the Top 20 and their song "Paint My Life" in the Top 10. BalconyTV called them one of the top 12 bands of 2012. They've played public radio's Etown, South by Southwest, Nashville's Music City Roots, Lilith Fair, the Four Corners Folk Festival and the International Folk Alliance Conference, among other stages.

You can see their new music video at cmt.com/videos/shel/873978/the-man-who-was-the-circus.jhtml.

Tickets for the Redstone Room show (at 2nd and Main streets, Davenport) are $13 in advance and $15 day of show, available at the River Music Experience, or rivermusicexperience.org. For more information, visit shelmusic.com.





























 



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