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Meet Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, Lucia Pontoniere of The Ladles in Jamaica Plain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, Lucia Pontoniere.

Katie, Caroline, Lucia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We met as undergrads at the New England Conservatory of Music. The three of us were in the Contemporary Improvisation department. We bonded over the fact that we were the only three female undergraduates in the program, and started meeting in each other’s dorm rooms to make music, knit, and generally spend quality time with other women. It all started very organically, but we felt something special when we sang together. We decided to perform at a friend’s house concert, and the reaction at that show was so positive that we knew we had something special. From then on things we performed more and more, shaping the band and building our following and unique sound.

Has it been a smooth road?
As stated before, things started out very naturally for The Ladles. However, getting a band off the ground is never free from obstacles. One of our obstacles was (and continues to be) the fact that two of our members are still finishing college – balancing a band and full time school schedules can be challenging. Our third member lives in New York, so it’s kind of like a long-distance relationship sometimes. Money is, of course, the eternal obstacle. Being a self-managed band means that we need to use the money we make to fund our tours, travel costs, and recording projects.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the The Ladles story. Tell us more about the business.
We are an all-female trio. We play guitar, banjo and fiddle respectively, and all of us sing. Putting our music into a genre has always been a little tricky–we draw on our different backgrounds of folk, western swing, old time, neo soul, and choral music to create our unique sound. What makes our sound so distinctive is the intricate three part harmony. We spend a lot of time rehearsing and nit picking each note to get the blend and effect that we like.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We plan on recording a full length album in the coming year. We are very excited about this, because it feels long overdue and we have so much music to share with everyone! We also hope to widen our touring circuit and continue playing shows. We love performing and spreading our music to as many people as possible, so we just want to keep having fun!


  • The Ladles EP, available online for $10

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Alexandra Keller

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