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  • Sat May 13 2017 - 8:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $13 advance | $16 door

SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, four young, classically trained musicians who happen to be sisters.  Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, the sisters have turned folk music upside down with their infectious rhythms, hypnotic vocals and stunning musicianship.
Nestled within SHEL’s sound are wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk. Allusions abound to their core influences — The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and acoustic super-group Strength in Numbers — but you’ve never heard this combination before. Tracks such as “Tuscany” borrow liberally from their classical training, yet there’s nothing ponderous or unapproachable about them. “The Wise Old Owl” showcase their daring, fanciful vocal arrangements, while their instrumental prowess is conjured by Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, and Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. The quartet revels in strong dynamics, so a single song like “Stained” can grow from airy lace to a driving, white-water rush. They are richly feminine, but they don’t shy from covering tunes a little, shall we say, heavier, like Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore.”

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