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Folk singers Bill and Kate Isles to perform in Staples Saturday

Folk singer Bill Isles and his wife, Kate, will perform at Centennial Auditorium in Staples on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Isles, who performed in Staples last summer on the "Music in the Park" series, made a big impact on local audiences wit...

Folk singer Bill Isles and his wife, Kate, will perform at Centennial Auditorium in Staples on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Isles, who performed in Staples last summer on the "Music in the Park" series, made a big impact on local audiences with the strength and depth of his lyrics.

Since he returned to performing in 2000, he has become one of the most well-known and highly respected singer-songwriters in the Midwest and has begun to headline shows nationally.

His love of life has strong roots in his childhood, but his impetus to tell these stories comes from an experience in 1993, when, with just enough warning to drive himself to the hospital, his heart stopped beating. He arrived with just 10 minutes to spare. After being defibrillated, and before the doctors had time to detect and open a blocked artery in his heart, he made a commitment to himself that, if he survived, he would begin to write again. Those paddles restarted more than his heart...

His songs are poetic reflections of life experiences and often explore adventurous spiritual courses. Admittedly a romantic, Isles says many of his lyrics describe emotional encounters. Just when you conclude that a song is about Michelangelo's first visit to scope out the project at the Sistine Chapel, you start to realize that, perhaps, this is also Isles' perception of entering the "chapel" of his audience.

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It is this multi-layering that has drawn fans to listen over and over again.

Tickets for Saturday's show are $12 for adults and $6 for students in advance, $15 and $7 at the door, and are available from the Centennial Auditorium Box Office at 218-894-5416 or 800-213-6877. Advance ticket sales close at noon on the Friday before the performance.

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