317 Main Community Music Center is proud to present Lula Wiles in concert at First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth on Saturday, March 24th at 7:30 PM.
This all-female alt-folk trio based in Boston is made up of Ellie Buckland (fiddle/guitar), Isa Burke (guitar/fiddle) and Mali Obomsawin (bass). What makes these young women formidable is that all three can sing lead, play multiple instruments and write songs.
Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp. “I remember we immediately bonded over two things” recalls Isa. “Our love of the Harry Potter books, and our love of a fiddle tune called Hull’s Reel.” Eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later.
What’s the deal with the name? No one is named Lula.
How did you three meet and did you “click” right away?
How does Maine factor into the music you make?
Favorite Maine hangout(s)?
What advice do you have for young musicians who hope to make music a career?
Oh wow. First of all, make peace with the idea that you’re not going to make much money and you’re going to spend a lot of time sending emails and sitting in a vehicle! Being a professional musician is a lot less glamorous than it looks from the outside, but the best moments make all the drudgery worthwhile. (I’m currently writing from the backseat of a rental car, ending day 4 of an extremely unglamorous trip from Boston to Kansas City for a folk music conference.) Second, the music business is a relationship-driven business, which means that building relationships and helping your friends out will benefit you in the long run. Go to camps and festivals. Collaborate with the people you meet, stay in touch with them, and bring your A game to every rehearsal, every jam, every gig, because you never know who might have something awesome to offer you in a few years. Third, don’t be afraid to ask for advice from older and more established musicians. Chances are, someone helped them out when they were your age, and they should be willing to pay it forward. Fourth: do everything you possibly can to limit your use of social media. It can be a powerful tool for connection and expression, but it can also be incredibly toxic, and you can’t practice your craft if you’re scrolling endlessly through Instagram comparing yourself to other people. Fifth: make some stupid, fun music with your friends, right now, while you can and the stakes are low. Give yourself multiple spaces to experiment, to take risks, to be recklessly creative. Eventually you might realize that “the dumb stuff you made with your friends in college” is actually becoming your real, life-changing, career-making work.