Finalists in the 2016 Great American Song Contest, Ask Your Folks is one of the most promising new acoustic groups in Chicago. The trio’s progressive original music draws on old-time, bluegrass, and folk elements to create a style hailed as “unlike anything you’ve heard before.”
Forming in 2013 while studying at the DePaul University School of Music, Libby Weitnauer, Owen Burton, and Eli Broxham were united in their desire to write original music. Comprised of fiddle, guitar, bass, and harmony singing, their evolution as songwriters has been an exploration of the possibilities of this ensemble. Each band member shares equal responsibility in playing melody, backup, and improvising, resulting in a dynamic sound which balances heavily orchestrated arrangements with elements of improvisation.
Ask Your Folks has captivated audiences across the US with their high variety performances. The eclectic production supplements original music with traditional favorites, drawing audiences of a diversity of tastes. Whether it’s an intimate living room show, a listening room, or an event at a large venue, Ask Your Folks maintains thoughtfulness at the core of its compositions and musicality at the heart of its performances.
Ask Your Folks is a Chicago-based trio comprised of vocals, guitar, fiddle, and string bass. Owen Burton, Libby Weitnauer, and Eli Broxham, began playing together during their freshman year at the DePaul University School of Music. The following year they started playing at Chicago farmer's markets and in 2013 formed Ask Your Folks. Writing continuously ever since, they have taken their large body of original music from the bustle of farmer's markets, into the intimate settings of house shows, concert series, and radio broadcasts. Though classically trained individually, collectively they are rooted in American styles like old-time, folk, and bluegrass. Ask Your Folks strives to create an eclectic sound with thoughtfulness at the core of its compositions and musicality at the heart of its performances.
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WDCB DuPage's Folk Festival
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