The Starfolk


March 20, 2020
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Gig w/Matt Wilson & his Orchestra 9/18/20

The Starfolk is thrilled to support Matt Wilson & His Orchestra for their record release celebration at Parkway Theater! Get Tickets

Jacques, Quillan, Matt and Phaela of Matt Wilson & His Orchestra

Matt Wilson is writing some of the finest songs of his career backed by this magical combo of bass, banjo and harp. Help us celebrate their big night at the Parkway Theater! This show was originally scheduled for 3/20/20 and has been moved to 9/18/20. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.

September 23, 2018
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Korda 4 Showcase

City Pages and the collective of musicians at Korda Records are excited to present Korda 4 Showcase, a fantastic night of local music including rapid fire half hour sets by The Ocean BlueThe Hang UpsIce PalaceThe StarfolkJim Ruiz Set, & Runes av Vaskeri.  It will be a double release party for Korda 4 Komp featuring new music from our entire roster, and for the highly anticipated new album by Ice Palace, their first in 1o years!  

It’s a rare chance to see some local favorites, including The Hang Ups who were chosen artists of the month by The Current and have recently re-grouped to work on a new album; “Legendary” Jim Ruiz who made his name going against the grain of grunge in the 1990’s with heartfelt bossa beat pop (Star/Trib feature), and The Ocean Blue whose inviting atmospheric janglepop landed them deals with Sire and Warner Bros in the late 80’s/early 90’s and whose lead singer helped us start the record label cooperative Korda Records (props from City Pages).  Runes av Vaskeri will rock your world with modern day beat pop, The Starfolk will dazzle with cello fueled psych pop and  Transmission’s DJ Jake Rudh helps us kick off the night with a Korda-inspired set.

Korda Records is a cooperative label run by the musicians, and is all about helping each other and being inspired by each other to make great work. 

March 1, 2018
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Conversations with Nature

We have a film installation at Resonance Box sound art gallery for the month of March!   The Stafolk plays the closing night March 31st 7pm!

The event includes a screening of a short film by Jacqueline Ultan (of Jelloslave) Conversations With Nature, which captures her live cello improvisations in a stunning and remote vista of the South Dakota Badlands, followed by Q&A with Jacqueline and the filmmakers (Allison LaBonne and Brian Tighe) along with a live performance by their mutual ensemble The Starfolk (melodic chamber pop featuring vocals, guitar, bass, and cello).

The film has a 15 minute run time distilling the best moments sonically and visually from two days of camping and composing live in the Badlands.  This was an amazing experience for the trio necessitating an evolution of their musical collaboration to include filmmaking in support of Jacqueline’s vision of letting her music magnify and be directly fed by the vivid and sensual expressiveness of the natural world.

May 15, 2017
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Tofte Lake Center Residency

Visiting artists The Starfolk, a chamber pop trio from Minneapolis perform for the first time in the Ely area on June 16 as part of their week long residency at Tofte Lake Center. “Chamber pop” refers to the distinctive use of cello in The Starfolk’s sound, and their acclaimed cellist Jacqueline Ultan is also the group’s connection to Ely.

“I first visited Ely on a residency developing music for The Sandbox Theater, and now I come back whenever I can. I fell in love with Tofte Lake Center’s beautiful juxtaposition of solitude and community,  so nurturing to creative work.”

Ultan’s dual cello lead group Jelloslave drew the largest audiences The Aerie Performance Venue had ever seen, and she’s excited to return with The Starfolk next month.  

“I love bringing a too-often backgrounded instrument to the forefront in diverse musical styles.  The chemistry we create in The Starfolk is powerful. These are melodic, adventurous pop songs with thoughtful lyrics that I think local audiences will really connect with.”

Ultan also looks forward to stocking up on her favorite Ely concoction: Crapola Granola.  “Thankfully now I can find Crapola at Cub Foods in Minneapolis,” she says, “but I discovered it here first.”  

The Starfolk is: Brian Tighe (Guitar, vocals) Jacqueline Ultan (cello), Allison LaBonne (Bass Guitar, vocals).   

The Starfolk perform at 7pm Friday June 16th 2017

The Aerie Performance Space at Tofte Lake Center

2209 Fernberg Road, Ely MN 55731

$10 Suggested Donation

November 10, 2016
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The Starfolk + Kalispell + JE Sunde

Join us at Day Block Brewing for a wonderful night of music!  Be well, all!  xo The Starfolk

The Starfolk / Kalispell / the J.E. Sunde group

Saturday 11/19/16

Day Block Brewing

1105 Washington Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55415

$7 door / Free Parking!

Day Block Brewing is located in Downtown Minneapolis just off Washington Avenue and 11th Avenue. Free lot parking is available onsite and across the street in Valspar lot and paid metered parking is available surrounding the building.




July 13, 2016
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The Starfolk with K Record’s Calvin Johnson and Ice Palace 7.29.16!


Calvin Johnson, the founder of K Records and seminal indie-diy bands like Beat Happening performs live in Minneapolis 7.29.16 as Selector Dub Narcotic, in support of SDN’s debut album This Party Is Just Getting Started.  Pitchfork just premiered his debut single “Hotter Than Hott“–don’t miss this rare chance to let Mr. Johnson alter your musical reality up close and personal!

Gorgeous music by chamber pop trio The Starfolk will precede Calvin, and a long awaited return to the stage from Minneapolis ambient folk heart-melters Ice Palace will open the night!  Tickets

•  Selector Dub Narcotic (Calvin Johnson)  •  The Starfolk  •  Ice Palace  •  Friday July 29 • Doors 7:30 PM • @Aldrich Ave Church • 3501 Aldrich Ave S Minneapolis • All Ages • $10 • Tickets