Veishea features the Blessed Feathers

Dominic Spizzirri

Blessed Feathers is a Wisconsin-based folk band who will be making their Ames debut, playing on the second night of Veishea.

“We’re excited to go more into the state,” said band member Donivan Berube.

Made up of members Jacquelyn Beaupre and Berube, Blessed Feathers started after Berube left his home, disassociating himself from being a Jehovah’s Witness at the age of 17 to work in a restaurant, where he met Beaupre. The two began working on Beaupre’s solo material, which in time evolved into Blessed Feathers.

“Jacquelyn [Beaupre] and I didn’t know each other until a few years ago. … I was a student playing guitar and Jacquelyn was a student playing guitar. At first, I just asked to record her songs and add to the process of layering,” Berube said.

According to their biography on Facebook, “Blessed Feathers arose from Beaupre’s solo material, which Berube produced while living on a farm in Farmington, Wis. in 2009. Originally, he was only interested in augmenting her songwriting, bolstering the organic, folk-inspired tracks with additional instrumentation and vocal harmonies. Slowly, the duo began constructing songs together, each bringing their own stylistic tendencies to the table.”

Both members share the same cell phone and only access the internet through their local library. They still work in the same restaurant where they first met and spend their time “cooking dinner for strangers,” as the band described.

The band has played many shows through Wisconsin, as well as other states, through 2010 before deciding to record. The band will soon be on a month-long multi-country tour.

“[The tour] will be for four weeks straight and we will play pretty much the whole Eastern half of the country as well as into Canada,” Berube said.

The band released their first EP after recording their songs with a laptop and microphone in a bedroom in mid-2012 called “Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds.”

According to their biography on Facebook, “The pair contributed numerous instruments to the album including banjo, flute, vibraphone and various percussion. But ultimately, [producer Kevin McMahon] and the band focused on maintaining the earthy, homespun sound Blessed Feathers has cultivated over the past few years. The EP resonates with a woodsy vibe, easing the listener into an intimate, skillfully-crafted sonic space — aided in many ways by McMahon’s recording style.”

The album featured many songs written in Wisconsin with many different instruments contributing to expand variety.

“We recorded for maybe two years at that point before we went into a studio,” Berube said. “We recorded in our apartment for a year, the only way we knew how to do it.”

When Blessed Feathers performs at Live @ Veishea on April 20, 2013, it will consist of Berube and Beaupre on stage performing some older songs and covers, as well as brand-new songs.