The Starfolk


June 7, 2013
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A note from the workshed

Brian is finishing the guitar on “Kindness,” and then tracking will be complete on The Starfolk debut full length. Happy happy!


Brian putting the finishing touches on "Kindness"

Brian putting the finishing touches on “Kindness”

Our faithful friends: 12 String Gibson and 6 string Epiphone

Partners in crime: 12 String Gibson and 6 string Epiphone



May 20, 2013
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Before “The Starfolk” there was “The Hang Ups”!

The Hang Ups

Once upon a time in the 1990′s, Korda’s own Brian Tighe (The Starfolk) formed the melody rich, sixties-inspired pop group The Hang Ups with two fellow classmates from Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Jeff Kearns and Stephen Ittner.

The Hang Ups went on to release five splendid records, and over their career the line up grew and evolved.  This month an old friend returning to town has inspired the original trio to return to stage for the first time in two decades!

Korda’s own Jim Ruiz will also be appearing, as well as Mountain Singers, Stephanie Says, and guest of honor Reba Fritz.  Don’t miss it!

Reba and Friends

5/30/13 9pm

The Turf Club, St Paul MN

March 6, 2013
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The Starfolk debut LP out Aug 20 2013

The Starfolk Cover_fixed

The Starfolk is finishing up their debut LP, due out 9/10/13.  The advance single “From Above,” is available now on Korda Kompilation, and the accompanying music video leaves you dreaming out the plane window, far above the earth.  Made by Allison LaBonne.

January 19, 2013
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Brian Tighe & Allison LaBonne perform at “An Evening with Friends” Thurs Jan 24

Live Letters
What’s an Evening With Friends?
Each EVENING WITH FRIENDS is hosted by a musician that then hand-selects other songwriters + friends to join them for the evening. All musicians start the night on stage together, taking turns playing songs, and the evening ends with a solo set from the host. These nights are amazing for being introduced to new artists, watching collaboration between musicians, and being part of something truly unique.  Jonathan Sunde from Daredevil Christopher Wright is the host of this Thursday’s performance.
Jonathan Sunde // The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Peter Miller // We Are The Willows
Shane Leonard // Kalispell / Field Report
Brian Tighe // The Owls / The Starfolk
Allison LaBonne // The Starfolk / Typsy PanthreTICKETS //

DATE // Thursday, January 24, 2013
TIME // 7 pm
CASH // 10 bucks
LOCATION // LIVE LETTERS loft. (address is emailed to you after ticket purchase)

Wait, I don’t get it. How does this work?
LIVE LETTERS hosts small concerts in a private loft in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. Because it’s a private residence we only provide the address to ticket buyers. We know it’s a little strange to buy a ticket to a stranger’s living room, but we promise that we’re not that strange and that the unique live music experience is beyond worth it. If you have any questions at all or want more information please feel free to email Sara at

January 11, 2013
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Korda Records Showcase Sat. Jan. 12, 7th St Entry, 8pm


Our next gig is a doozy.  The Starfolk playing alongside all of our Korda Records label mates: The Ocean Blue, Jim Ruiz Set, and Typsy Panthre.  Korda Records is a Minneapolis record label cooperative that The Starfolk started along with these great bands who are also great friends.  Come early for Typsy Panthre, their first live show ever.  Stay on for a rare local performance by The Ocean Blue, Jim Ruiz Set’s CD release show, and after party hosted by 89.3 The Current’s DJ Jake Rudh!

Facebook event

Buy tickets online


City Pages Feature on Korda Records

Star/Tribune feature on Jim Ruiz Set


The Starfolk “From Above” new music video


Jim Ruiz Set “Allison” Song of the Day on 89.3 The Current

December 13, 2012
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The Starfolk House Concert in Maple Plain, MN 12/16/12

The Sun Dog House Concert Series creates a unique environment for audiences to take in music, while eating and socializing with the musicians themselves.  All donations go directly to the musicians to support their work.  Bring a dish to share, and see The Starfolk in a new light!

3626 Independence Road Maple Plain, MN 55359

RSVP by email to:
or call Carla at 763-479-4396
$15 suggested donation
(All proceeds go directly to the musicians to support their work)
3:30 potluck & 5:00 concert
soup and beverages will be available, but please bring a dish to share!