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Portland's Shook Twins Play 'Quirky Folk' Music


They were born in Sandpoint, Idaho, just one minute apart. And ever since that day, identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook haven’t strayed very far from each other.

“We’ve always said that there are two kinds of twins,” says Katelyn. “The twins that like to be twins and the twins that don’t.”

“We’re the former,” adds Laurie.

Yeah.  We’re the twinniest twins we know,” says Katelyn.

Now based in Portland, the Shook Twins are musicians who play in a style they’ve coined as “quirky folk” music. It’s a joyous blend of traditional folk, contemporary Americana and a generous splash of modern gadgets like loop pedals, stage props and even some beat boxing.

But the most striking part of the Shook Twins’ show is the sister-harmonies. It’s something they say came naturally.

“I don’t remember when we first discovered it,” says Katelyn. “We were always singing. We have proof of singing [together] when we were 6. We sang ‘Nothing Compares  2 U’ [by Sinead O’Conor]. My mom was video taping it and it’s really dorky. We have mullets and horrible outfits.” 

“Zebra and leopard skirts,” remembers Laurie.

“Great footage. We took the audio and put it as a secret track on our latest record,” adds Katelyn.

Oregon Art Beat followed the Shook Twins to Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island where they played songs from their 2011 release, Window.

Watch Oregon Art Beat Thursday at 8 p.m. to learn more about these talented ladies.

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