Peaks Island House Concert – Owen Marshall and Isa Burke

August 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fifth Maine Museum
45 Seashore Avenue
Peaks Island
Maine 04108
Suggested donation $20
Ellen Mahoney

Over the past two decades, multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall has emerged as one of the foremost accompanists of traditional music. Known for his fluid and spontaneous bouzouki work and driving and melodic guitar accompaniment, Owen has toured and recorded with the likes of the Seamus Egan Project; Copley Street; Liz Carroll; Riptide; Jenna Moynihan; The Press Gang; Wooden Nickels; Haas, Marshall and Walsh; and a Christmas Celtic Sojourn.

In the spring of 2022, Owen recorded his debut album Throughline. The recording reflects Owen’s deep knowledge and love of traditional music of Ireland, Old Time American music, and the sounds of his New England roots.

Isa Burke is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Portland, Maine. Using electric and acoustic guitars, fiddle, banjo, voice, and sometimes other instruments, she creates music that draws from traditional folk, modern indie-rock, and beyond.

Raised in a musical family in Maine, Isa came up through the Northeast’s thriving folk music community. She studied at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded the 2014 Fletcher Bright Scholarship, given annually to an outstanding fiddler, and studied with Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, and Bonnie Hayes. Meanwhile, she began paying her dues and building her performance chops playing tons of shows in tiny basement clubs throughout Boston and Cambridge.

She spent the first years of her music career as one-third of the band Lula Wiles, which released 3 albums and an EP on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and toured internationally, appearing at Newport Folk Festival and winning acclaim from NPR Music, Rolling Stone, WNYC, and Paste Magazine. Their third album, Shame and Sedition, prominently features Isa’s sonic sensibilities and electric guitar work.

Since fall 2021, Isa has been touring internationally as a member of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan’s Age of Apathy Band, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, NPR’s Tiny Desk, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS Saturday Morning, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Isa is a versatile and in-demand collaborator. Whether singing harmony vocals, playing traditional fiddle tunes, or crafting spiky yet atmospheric electric guitar sounds, she brings a voracious musical appetite and a diverse skill set to a vast array of projects. As a side musician, she has toured and recorded with artists from across the folk/roots/Americana spectrum (Jake Blount, the Brother Brothers, Darlingside, Mipso, Rosier, Kris Delmhorst, Sam Moss, Stash Wyslouch, Carolyn Kendrick, Session Americana). In large part due to her work with Aoife O’Donovan, Isa is currently a nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2023 Americana Music Awards. Isa also served as producer for Nashville singer-songwriter Liv Greene’s debut record Every Bright Penny and has additional production projects forthcoming. A bandmate at heart, she enjoys nothing more than the interlocking of harmony vocals, of guitar and drums, of banjo and fiddle. Isa is also an experienced educator, teaching classes and workshops in various instruments, ensemble playing, music theory, and songwriting.