One of the constraints we have at Watermelon Wednesdays is that our venue, the venerable, historical, and acoustically beautiful West Whately Chapel has limited seating. While such a constraint is also a positive in as much as it promotes a very intimate listening atmosphere, it also means that we can't always get the more established, well-known artists without having to charge more than we or our patrons would like. Hence, we are always on the lookout for the up-and-comers or next-big-thing. We are fortunate to have found such an act in Lula Wiles. As we sometimes say about these younger, less established acts, we need to book them here before they've outgrown the place. If you come to hear them, you'll walk away able to say that you heard them in this small, cozy space before they hit the big time. Take advantage of this opportunity!
Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/acoustic guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/acoustic and electric guitars/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/acoustic guitar/bass) each contributing singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show, anchored by their powerful three-part harmonies. Currently based in Boston, Lula Wiles released their debut album in May 2016 and have since recorded their sophomore album.