After appearances at SXSW in Austin and Folk Alliance in Kansas City, The Soorleys are making a Whistle Stop at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, for a concert at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 20. What a great opportunity to see this indi-folk family band from Newcastle, Australia, Tickets are $20.
The Soorleys are a tousled bohemian outfit. Sisters Beth, Laura, and Millie are up front, with husbands Sam and Christopher and brother Nick in tow. The daughters of a traveling preacher, the sisters were finishing each other’s musical sentences, creating four part folk harmonies that channeled vocal groups of the 60’s. Instead of each going their own way they decided to merge their respective solo projects and join forces, creating a fun, unique and sometimes random dynamic. The music is a family jamboree. The moniker is a tip of the hat to a mother’s maiden name.
This band combines multiple singer/songwriter forces, introducing a fresh sound, with a few nods to the old school. They call it ‘fun folk’: the raw stomp of their Irish ancestors and the pop sensibilities of Fleetwood Mac. It is a merging sound of folk, pop, rock, funk and roots genres, featuring sisterly harmonies colliding with baritone voices. When it comes to bands, few people can boast such familial chemistry.
The Soorleys are here to get you dancing. There’s no shoegazing here; onstage the sisters spin, hoot and holler with joy and abandon. “Thunders roar, we dance, we’re chasing all our fears away,” they sing, chanting incantations atop folk rhythms.
To purchase tickets click the "Buy Tickets" link above or phone 405-307-9320. Whistle Stop Concerts and other programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous corporate and individual donors.