Good Morning Bedlam is a band from Minneapolis MN. Although classified as a folk band, Good Morning Bedlam’s music is influenced by many different genres, including rock, bluegrass, metal, and jazz and Traditional Gypsy music.
We are four artists who are deeply passionate about both music and performance. Good Morning Bedlam's simple vision is to tell stories, and the best way we can tell those stories is through our songs. We love to connect to people with our music. When we play a show we want the audience to be singing, dancing, laughing, and experiencing the same feelings we get playing our songs. Our songs are stories, and stories bring people together.
Isaak Gill is the is the musical figurehead of Good Morning Bedlam. Growing up playing in metal bands, Isaak tries to combine that genre's wild energy with the accessibility of folk music. He uses his guitar to accompany, not only his own earthy voice, but the various instruments around him using his own combination of flat picking, finger picking, finger style, or a combination of the three. Isaak's spirit animal is a fox, he loves a strong coffee, swing dancing, and slaying the internal beast known as angst.
Sophia Mae is the free spirited song bird of Good Morning Bedlam. Her home nest is in Rochester, MN. Influenced by famous jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday, this vocal powerhouse brings a dynamic warmth to Isaak's earthy tones. In addition to her voice, Sophia has fourteen years of classically based (Suzuki Method) violin under her belt which she uses to bring the precision of classical, improv of jazz, and the energy of bluegrass fiddle into her music. Using her violin abilities, she has added the mandolin to her repertoire. Some influences she has are Itzhak Perlman, Louis Armstrong, The Avett Brothers, and Elvis Presly. Sophia also enjoys telling puny jokes, and making dinosaur noises.
Noah Pearson, born and raised in Minnesota, adds a bluegrass-y twist to Good Morning Bedlam's diverse sound. After being seduced by the banjo's unique twang, he taught himself how to play. He uses Earl Scruggs' three-finger picking style to create both bluegrass and melodic licks. His playing is deeply influenced by the stylings of musicians like Earl Scruggs, Noam Pikelny of Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck, and Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers. When he's not pickin' and grinnin', he's either strumming the mandolin or playing percussion. When he is not up on the stage, he loves going to concerts around Minneapolis and recording his own music.
If you are looking for a groovy man who loves to pluck up and down the double bass look no further. Johnny is our go to man for rhythm. Not only has he been playing upright bass for almost six years, but Johnny is also an accomplished finger-style guitarist, who loves to create instrumental versions of our songs in his free time. He can often be found painting and drawing, whenever he is not playing music. On the weekend you can find him doing anything from reading Lord of the rings, to watching the greatest movie of all time (Nacho Libre).
Our new album Prodigal is available now on iTunes!