Shook Twins


“I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” – Neil Gaiman, New York Times best-selling author

“A unique, personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm.” – Mason Jennings

“Shook Twins rule! Laurie and Katelyn basically re-defined the ‘folk’ genre and along with it, helped move the NW folk festival experience into the modern era. Hands down, What We Do is their best work to date — don’t miss it!” – James Brook, VP of Marketing Ninkasi Brewing Company

“Am more than ever convinced of their magic . . . they’re unparalleled.” – Bitch Magazine

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming  and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s re-purposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

The twins are the main songwriters but they have recently started backing up their band members, Niko Daoussis (Cyber Camel) and Anna Tivel (Anna and the Underbelly) and adding their stunning songs to the mix.

Each Shook Twins song tells a story, distinctive, sharp, genuine, and well – sometimes quirky. Drawing from their life experience, select subjects include, being potters’ daughters, imagined superpowers and a chicken named ‘Rose’ they befriended. Shook Twins also pull out unexpected takes on classic hits, retellings of their musician friends’ songs, heartfelt ballads and rhythm driven dance numbers.

After releasing their first album “You Can Have the Rest,” the twin sisters moved to Portland in December of 2009, conceptualizing their 2011 release “Window” (featuring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival). Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, California, at InDigital Studios. Favorable reviews, extensive radio airplay and a busy tour schedule have created an ever growing fanbase & kudos from many major musicians. Shook Twins and their full band, including Niko (mandolin, electric guitar,vocals), Kyle (bass), Anna Tivel (violin,vocals), and Russ Kleiner (drum kit, percussion), recently finished recording their third album with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studios as well as partnering and recording an album, with fellow Portland musician Ben Darwish on his epic concept piece, “The Clear Blue Pearl.”

Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including: Ryan Adams, David Grisman, Mason Jennings, Blizten Trapper, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The FruitBats, Jonatha Brooke, JJ Grey and MoFro, The Indigo Girls, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The BoDeans, Elephant Revival, The Head and The Heart, The Lumineers and many more.

Eclectic, amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins’ laid-back and fun stage presence draws the listener in, allowing them to take the audience away on the adventure that is their live show.


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Career Highlights


High Sierra Music Festival (CA)

Boats & Bluegrass (MN)

Yonder’s Harvest Festival (AR)

Sisters Folk Fest (OR)

SXSW 2013 (TX)

Northwest String Summit (OR)

Summer Meltdown (WA)

Festival at Sandpoint (ID)

Oregon Country Fair (OR)

Bubble Festival (WI)


Stand out performances:

The Showbox & Crystal Ballroom w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops

Festival at Sandpoint w/ Ryan Adams

Festival at Sandpoint w/ Indigo Girls

Triple Door w/ Sarah Jarosz

Van Duzer Theatre w/ Mason Jennings

Alberta Rose Theater w/ David Grisman Quintet

Vilar Performing Arts Center (CO)

Egyptian Theater (ID)

Bing Crosby Theater (WA)

Music City Roots (TN)

Café Du Nord (CA)

Daytrotter (IL)


To name a few…

Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
04/24/14 SHOOK TWINS in Bellingham WA Wild Buffalo United States
Time: 10:30pm. Admission: $8/$10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (360) 746-8733. Address: 208 West Holly Street. Buy tickets
04/25/14 SHOOK TWINS in Seattle Tractor Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $10/$12. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 5213 Ballard Ave NW. Venue phone: (206) 789-3599. Buy tickets
04/26/14 SHOOK TWINS in Sandpoint, ID The Sandpoint Hive United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $10/$15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (208) 304-9199. Address: 207 N. First Ave. Venue phone: (208) 304-9199. Buy tickets
04/27/14 SHOOK TWINS in Missoula, MT Top Hat United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $8/$12. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (406) 728-9865. Address: 134 W Front St. Venue phone: (406) 728-9865. Buy tickets
04/28/14 SHOOK TWINS in Bozeman, MT Live From the Divide @ Peach Street Studios United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (406) 366-1752. Address: 627 Peach St. Venue phone: (406) 366-1752. Buy tickets
04/30/14 SHOOK TWINS in Garden City Visual Arts Collective United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12/$15. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (208) 424-8297. Address: 3638 Osage St.

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