...but their sound is more than that. They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending Swing, Old-Time, Neo-Soul, Choral music into a sound all their own. Using solely acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere.
News & Updates
6 weeks, 7 states, 29 performances, 4 festivals ... and The ladles summer tour is over!
thank you thank you thank you
to everyone who supported us during this tour; whether it was coming out to a show, buying an EP, donning a Ladles Patch, hosting a concert, giving us a bed, cooking us a meal, or taking us to your favorite swimming hole... we couldn't have done any of this with out you guys.
Can't wait to do it all again.
Premiere: The Ladles EP
It’s not often that you find inspiration for a band moniker on the door of a public restroom. But a cheeky third floor restroom sign at NEC labelled The Ladles Restroom – an improvised edit by a male student too lazy to walk to the other end of the building – is exactly where The Ladles found their name.
We’ve been keeping an eye on this female folk trio for a while now; we named them one of our Artists to Watch in 2016, and even had the privilege of recording some of the songs off this EP in our Neighborhood Session video series. The Ladles EP is the first official recorded release by these lovely local ladies, a mix of traditional folk, neo-soul-folk, and “downer love songs.” Though, if you’ve heard them live you’ll know that even those are somehow sung with a smile.
Though the all-women band arrangement is something The Ladles take pride in, their final track (a jazzier number called “Kidding Me”) is proof they aren’t afraid to expand their sound when necessary, bringing on bassist Isaac Levien and drummer Aaron Edgcomb to build a stronger sense of rhythm. But even with the expanded setup, it’s the female vocals that are the driving force. Banjoist Caroline Kuhn and fiddle player Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere lay down a bed of harmonies as Katie Martucci sings, “Don’t worry, I’m an artist, I’m sure I’ll turn this into something beautiful.”
Well, they sure did.
"Named one of our “Local Artists to Watch in 2016,” the ladies of folk act The Ladles stopped in for a captivating, harmony-filled Neighborhood Sessions.
With their delicate plucking and three-part harmonies one might be quick to compare them to British all-female trio The Staves. Sure, The Ladles leave their audience in the same awed silence and the band makeup seems special in a male-dominated genre, but the similarities don’t go far beyond that.
For one thing, The Ladles actually know their traditional folk songs.
Below you can listen to a selection of originals, and a cover of “Father Neptune,” a song by Connie Converse, a folksinger – or as the BBC notes, the first modern singer-songwriter – with mysterious disappearance."
- Sound of Boston