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TREE PARTY


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TREE PARTY


Tree Party shows it knows how to put its own spin on the desperate pain of early folk traditionals, creating a kind of dark, sparse rock ‘n’ roll quality more reminiscent of Tom Waits or Nick Cave than Bill Monroe. ...winding a modern sensibility into it all, quickly jumping over the throw-off ‘roots music’ labels in favor of something different altogether.
— A.V. Club

Tree Party's third album Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota's Local Lore is a year-long project of researching stories and local history in smaller communities across Minnesota.  MSAB 2013 Artist Initiative Grant recipient Joey Ford found his inspiration in small town museums and historical centers for this album, including songs about “Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady,” “Wrinkle Meat: The 137 Year Old Man" and “Helmer Aakvik: The Old Man of the Inland Sea."   Iced Over is a musical tribute to Minnesotans who have come before us and a celebration of their legacy.

Their first original album, self-titled and hot-iron branded, took on Western motifs and Midwest themes, while their following album evolved over a year collaborating with “The 7-Shot Symphony,” an epic, live cowboy show which was awarded a 2011 Ivey Award for Best Overall Production.

Band Members: Joey Ford, Jenna Wyse, Travis Bolton and Andy Carroll

All photos on this website are taken by Matt Gorrie.

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MUSIC


MUSIC


SHELTERBELT

From the first beer can smash in "8 Beers" to the last ringing chorus of "Long Hard Road," the arc of Tree Party's 4th album is apparent and mimics the arc of the band's changing musical style over the past few years.

 

WEIGHT OFF/ DRONES
7" VINYL

"Weight Off My Shoulders" and "Drones" are the two songs on this 7" vinyl record. This project was made possible by Hymie's Vintage Records.

 
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ICED OVER

An album inspired by local Minnesotan stories including: Dorothy Molter "The Root Beer Lady," Wrinkle Meat "The 137 Year Old Man" and Helmer Aakvik "The Old Man of the Inland Sea." 

 
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THE 7-SHOT SYMPHONY

Tree Party's original Spaghetti-Western style soundtrack to "The 7-Shot Symphony," a live epic cowboy theatre piece, landed them the 2011 Twin Cities Ivey Award. (Now only available at live shows.)

 
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HOT IRON BRANDED

Our first original album, self-titled and hot-iron branded with our signature Tree Party brand, takes on Western motifs and Midwest themes.

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VIDEOS


VIDEOS


WHITE WALL SESSIONS

"8 Beers"

"Sting Stang Stung"

"Wrinkle Meat"


SOFAR SOUNDS

SOFAR SOUNDS: "Why Want Why"

SOFAR SOUNDS: "Want for Good"


ANIMATION

"Helmer Aakvik: The Old Man of the Inland Sea" animation by Liz Schachterle

"Careless Hap: A Minnesota Romp" stop animation by Matthew Gorrie

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SHOWS


SHOWS


LOUD AT THE LIBRARY

March 31

CHARLIE PARR,

with TREE PARTY

Doors at 7:00PM
Music at 7:30PM

***Due to overwhelming interest, presale tickets for this event have SOLD OUT! We’re thrilled that you want to join us and will make a limited number of tickets available at the door, but get there early before they’re gone!***

Live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks.  You’ve never experienced the library like this before! Grab some friends and get LOUD at the Central Library after hours this winter.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library present:
Loud at the Library
Where: Downtown Saint Paul’s Central Library (90 4th St. W.)
When: Last Fridays of January – March

Enjoy live music and a cash bar.  Tickets are $10—or $5 for members of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive a free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

At the event, take a tour of the library’s Innovation Lab that has a 3D printer and even a sound studio. The lab will be open before the show at 5:30 for Lab After Dark, where the library will showcase its maker space. Tours will also be given between acts. Register for a library card which gives you access to thousands of artists through the free music download program, Freegal, as well as your favorite vinyl albums.

Ticket sales and Friends memberships benefit The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and further our mission to create stronger libraries.