Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous-forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, along with fellow band mates Niko Daoussis (guitar, vox, mandolin) and Josh Simon (bass) will be heading to the UK in May, with a London show at the Green Note in Camden on May 4th. Judging by the video for 'Awhile' this looks like an essential night out.
Wednesday 4th May Green Note, Camden
Thursday 5th May
St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich
Friday 6th May
The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club, Shipley
Saturday 7th May
Town Hall Live, Kirton-In-Lindsey
Sunday 8th May
The Convent, Stroud
Tuesday 10th May
Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham
Friday 13th May
Orange Blossom Special 20, Beverungen – Germany
Saturday 14th May
Grolsch Blues Festival, Schöppingen – Germany
Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.
Each Shook Twins song tells a story, distinctive, sharp, genuine, and well – sometimes quirky. Drawing from their life experience, select subjects include, being potters’ daughters, imagined superpowers and a chicken named ‘Rose’ they befriended. Shook Twins also pull out unexpected takes on classic hits, retellings of their musician friends’ songs, heartfelt ballads and rhythm driven dance numbers.
After releasing their first album “You Can Have the Rest,” the twin sisters moved to Portland in December of 2009, conceptualizing their 2011 release “Window” (featuring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival). Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, Cali- fornia, at InDigital Studios. Favorable reviews, extensive radio airplay and a busy tour schedule have created an ever growing fanbase & kudos from many major musicians. In 2013 Shook Twins finished recording their third album ‘What We Do” with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studios.
The album released April 2014 received national attention from various media outlets including USA Today who said, “The Portland, Ore., folk group is ready to rattle the music world with its ‘What We Do’ album.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine says "’What We Do’” is a nearly flawless album that pushes the band into unexplored sonic territory."
Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including: Gregory Alan Isakov, Mason Jennings, Blitzen Trapper, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sara Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The Indigo Girls, Jason Webley, Elephant Revival, Ryan Adams and many more.
2016 finds the band recording new material at various studios, touring as support for Greensky Bluegrass, performing at festivals throughout the United States, touring UK/Germany & playing the world renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Sept 4th) just outside Denver, CO with Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco.
Eclectic, amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins’ laid-back and fun stage presence draws the listener in, allowing them to take the audience away on the adventure that is their live show.