Sister act Lily & Madeline opens for Brett Dennen at Belly Up Aspen
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Who: Lily & Madeline, opening for Brett Dennen
Where: Belly Up Aspen
When: Friday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m.
How much: $28/GA; $45/reserved
Tickets: Belly Up box office; www.bellyupaspen.com
Lily and Madeline Jurkiewicz have been making music together since before they can remember.
In high school, the sisters began uploading covers of songs by Adele, Fleet Foxes and others to YouTube, which caught the world’s ears. In the past four years, as Lily & Madeline, the prolific sisters — ages 19 and 21 — have recorded and released two EPs and three full-length albums, toured Europe and the U.S. and become critical darlings for their gorgeous folk harmonies and the wise-beyond-their-years poetry of their lyrics.
They’re on the road through the fall with local favorite Brett Dennen, and will open up for him at Belly Up tonight.
“Madeline and I have very similar life experiences, obviously, because we’re sisters and we’re very close in age,” Lily said from home in Indianapolis before the launch of the fall tour with Dennen. “That helps a lot for songwriting because we always get what each other is thinking. But also we’re different people, different individuals. We have different personalities. So that keeps things interesting.”
The project remained mostly a hobby even after the pair released their debut EP, “The Weight of the Globe,” in 2013 and after fellow Indianan John Mellancamp brought them into the studio to collaborate. While Lily was still in high school and Madeline in college, they toured and played around Indiana on weekends. As they prepared to release their self-titled debut later that year, they went pro and focused on music full time.
Their most recent album, “Keep It Together,” was released earlier this year. The album showcases the sisters’ dreamy dual vocals backed by drums, guitar, cello and mandolin in lush arrangements. On the current tour, they’re playing without the backing band, showcasing stripped down versions of the new songs with Lily & Madeline playing keyboard and guitar.
“It allows our audience to hear a different version of these songs,” Madeline said. “We arrange them for just the two of us. It’s a fun challenge that way.”
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