2023 BRIDGE SESSIONS
Welcome to our 2023/24 Bridge Sessions Season!
We have a few things in store for you this season starting with three wonderful band collaborations arranged by Wendy Durrwachter & Greg Moore for three separate dates throughout the summer. Concerts will take place at The Depot Theatre and you can expect to grab a beverage in the lobby!
S U P E R I O R S I R E N is an eerie folk project from Duluth, Minnesota. The music is inspired by Lake Superior and Siren mythology, and offers an alluring & dangerous expression of vulnerability & desire. Superior Siren is led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Sellner. In 2014, Sellner debuted her captivating vocals and heartfelt lyricism with the solo EP ‘Lotus in the Muck’. In 2016 she joined forces with cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner to craft a mesmerizing blend of strings and percussion. The all-female band released the full-length album ‘Superior Siren‘ in 2018, followed by a tour of the Midwest. In 2021, Superior Siren released another ethereal solo EP titled ‘Kill Your Darlings’. Superior Siren continues to perform as a solo or full band act, and is in production of the next full-length album.
Vocals, Guitar / Laura Sellner
Cello / Rachel Gobin
Bass / Nyssa Krause
Drums / Emma Deaner
Bill & Kate Isles
Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. Words like ‘Mesmerizing, ‘Transcendent’, and even, ‘Hysterical’ are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.
She released her debut solo album, “From Home” in November of 2015.
Breanne Marie & the
Front Porch Sinners
Great Lakes country music from a front porch in Duluth, MN. Breanne Marie broke into the Minnesota music scene as a solo performer with an acoustic guitar and a repertoire of country covers and originals. Her 2013 debut album “Six Strings of Peace and Sanity” was a collection of sweet and deeply personal songs she wrote following her father’s suicide and her brother’s death in a car accident. The success of the album set the stage for the formation of her full-blown backing band The Front Porch Sinners and they began to prepare for Breanne’s sophomore effort. The “Timothy John” EP was a journey of pain and healing, dedicated to her brother.
Kicking off with a bluegrass tune (Central Hillside ‘91) and ending with a slow burn (Juniper) the album gives you a peek into the versatility of the group. The Front Porch Sinners consists of Evan Tepler on guitar; Johnny Peterson on pedal steel and mandolin; Kyle Gondik-Anderson on bass; Matt Groom on drums; Kailyn Spencer on fiddle and Danielle Gondik-Anderson on background vocals. The group plays “Great Lakes country music” which is an alt-country sound using classic country instruments mixed with lyrics that speak to the hard times and natural beauty of rust belt communities like Duluth, MN.