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When Betsy Kirby and Joan Estlund of the folks duo juni + betty met up as visitor performers in one another’s respective acts in 2018, they knew they immediately clicked, each personally and musically.

And the 2 have been performing covers and unique songs throughout North Iowa ever since.

“It was simply an on the spot match truthfully. There was hardly any work to it and when [Kirby] opened her mouth and sang alongside, it simply felt excellent,” stated Estlund, who additionally performs as Juni West alongside her backing band.



Betsy Kirby (left) and Joan Estlund make up the folks duo juni + betty.


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“I invited [Estlund] to sing with me on a tune with my band and it was so enjoyable and simply really easy,” stated Kirby, who leads the variability pop and rock group Betty and the Gents. “She requested if I would not thoughts recording a Christmas sequence. So quite a lot of December of 2018 was spent at her home recording Christmas music. It was simply enjoyable and we simply saved going as a result of we had so many concepts.”

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After forming their duo, Kirby and Estlund had their first official efficiency in June on the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.

“There have been jitters, however I could not have requested for a greater first efficiency, as a result of we obtained to carry out on the Surf,” Estlund stated. “That in itself is a pleasant venue, and we had a fantastic turnout.”

The duo stated they draw affect from “sturdy feminine singers” whose performances inform the duo’s artistic and vocal stylings. For Estlund, indie rock performers St. Vincent and Phoebe Bridgers spark creativity, whereas Kirby gleans inspiration from people musicians Jennifer Knapp and Ingrid Michaelson.

Estland and Kirby hope their performances encourage different feminine musicians in North Iowa to step in entrance of the mic.

“Bands do not should be male-led. There isn’t any rule that claims they should be all males,” stated Kirby.

Shifting into 2022, the duo hopes to include extra visible components of their exhibits, and develop merchandise. Kirby added {that a} private purpose for herself is to get again into the rhythm of songwriting.

“Songwriting is so bizarre. It’s going to wake you up in the midst of the evening and it’s a must to get it down earlier than it disappears,” Kirby stated.



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Betsy Kirby (left) and Joan Estlund of juni + betty carry out “Yellow” by Coldplay at Three on the Tree espresso store in Mason Metropolis. The tune has develop into one in all their favorites to carry out dwell.


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The following present for juni + betty can be in February at Price Brewing Firm in Northwood. The 2 will even have exhibits in March in Lake Mills and in Mason Metropolis.

“I’d say when you like music, you want singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan and even The Beatles, and powerful melody and powerful writing, you will in all probability like our present,” stated Estlund.

Abby covers training and leisure for the Globe Gazette. Comply with her on Twitter at @MkayAbby. Electronic mail her at Abby.Koch@GlobeGazette.com

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