Lee’s Performing Arts Series to continue with Frances Luke Accord

Posted 1/18/20

Lee’s Performing Arts Series to continue with Frances Luke Accord


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Lee’s Performing Arts Series to continue with Frances Luke Accord


Lee University will welcome the Frances Luke Accord duo, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers, to continue the Performing Arts Series on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center.

 The multi-instrumentalist Indie-folk duo is what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.

 Gunty and Powers, both from South Bend, Indiana, met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, “Kandote,” was a bold intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which provides ongoing support to the choir to this day. Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed its songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for the breakthrough debut full-length, “Fluke,” in 2016. This immersive, philosophically rich album set the duo off on its first national tour, which included support dates with Darlingside, Anaïs Mitchell, and The Ballroom Thieves.

 Frances Luke Accord will also hold an artist lecture that afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall, located in Lee’s Humanities Center.

 A free reception will follow the Dixon Center performance.

 Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating and are available at https://www.showclix.com/event/performing-arts-series-frances-luke-accord or at the Dixon Center Box Office, starting Jan. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Any remaining tickets will be available at the box office one hour before the event.



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