The Foxgloves (L-R): Nyssa Krause (bass), Maura Dunst (violin/mandolin/vocals), Liz DeYoe (guitar), Steph Snow (ukulele/vocals), Nikki Lemire (harp/autoharp/vocals), Sara Tinklenberg (percussion/vocals)
Called “a combination of Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, The Chicks and Wilson Phillips” (Adventures in Americana), The Foxgloves are a Minneapolis-based, all-female, six-piece band with country, classical and folk roots. Exploding onto the bluegrass and Americana music scene, they have been wowing audiences with their impressive four-part harmonies and unique instrumentation that includes harp, ukulele, violin, guitar, bass and all manner of percussion.
The band began when ukulele player Steph Snow posted on a women’s music page about wanting to start an all-female folk/bluegrass/Americana/country/folk/bluegrass band. Responding to the post, a gathering of women met up at the St. Paul neighborhood dive bar Como Tap to talk about possibilities — and the conversation never stopped. From that informal gathering in 2019, the band has quickly become one of the most in-demand acts in the Upper Midwest.
The band spent much of 2020 working up material and recording their debut album The Foxgloves in 2021. Shortly thereafter they won the Blue Ox Music Festival’s Virtual Band Competition, landing them a slot on the Blue Ox stage, where they won over legions of new fans. Now they are playing the most sought-after venues and festivals, including Big Top Chautauqua, Sioux River Folk Fest, First Avenue and the River Falls Bluegrass Bourbon & Brews Festival with High & Rising, Pert Near Sandstone, Them Coulee Boys, and Barefoot Bluegrass. They recently released their first full length album Mama Was a Bandit.
“This band creates uncompromising music with a purpose.” –The Bluegrass Standard
“Brimming with girl power and mischievous sass” – Adventures in Americana
“They aren’t just a band. They’re a movement.” –Molly Maher
“Catchy yet complex, these women know how to write a folk song with impressive dynamics.”- kj's Hideaway, Joslyn Danielson
“The six-woman Twin Cities outfit comes out guns blazing with their first full album, a rowdy but heartfelt collection of stories as unique as the band itself.”- Adventures in Americana, Carol Roth
The Foxgloves are an “inventive and fun all-woman bluegrass group.”- Star Tribune, Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream
The Band Members
Liz DeYoe (guitar) has been playing guitar since she was 15 years old. Endorsed by the luthier House Guitars from Ontario, Canada, she has a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance and teaches private guitar lessons. When not working on Foxgloves material, Liz writes instrumental guitar music based off of Tarot cards.
Maura Dunst (violin/mandolin/vocals) is a violinist moonlighting as a fiddle and mando player. She’s been singing, songwriting and picking up various acoustic instruments since she was a little kid. In her previous life, she got a PhD in English from Cardiff University, researching the way late-Victorian women writers used music in their literary work — a concept she called “melopoetic composition.” She taught college composition and literature courses before transitioning into higher ed communications. She enjoys reading, getting outside, traveling, walking her dogs, and of course, playing music.
Nyssa Krause (bass) grew up in Eau Claire, WI surrounded by a family of musicians who inspired her to follow her passion of music. Nyssa received a Jazz Studies & Bass Performance degree from the University of MN Duluth. She joined The Foxgloves in 2022 after moving to Minneapolis during the Covid pandemic. She loves creating music & having fun with strong women. You can also find her playing bass & singing with the eerie folk band Superior Siren.
Nikki Lemire (harp/autoharp/vocals) is a classical harpist by trade, and you can find her wearing concert black and playing in halls and pits around the Midwest. She grew up in Duluth playing alongside her mother in the symphony and loves to accompany and play chamber music. Nikki has been dabbling in songwriting since she was a kid, first at the piano and then the autoharp. It’s only recently that she has started writing at the harp, using loops and textures while developing new sounds and techniques. When she isn’t busy teaching, performing, songwriting and rehearsing, she’s busy chasing her three little girls around the house.
Steph Snow (ukulele/vocals) is the ukulele player in the band who just picked up the banjolele. Growing up playing piano and trumpet in the middle of South Dakota, Steph started singing about 10 years ago and never stopped, playing in various genres of Americana music. She currently gets to infuse her love of music and the arts as an elementary special education teacher teaching a class she has titled “Expression” – an outlet for the emotions of the small and big parts of life. Steph and her husband are new parents (as of June 2022) and hope to spend their time playing music together, traveling, and spending time in nature.
Sara Tinklenberg (percussion/vocals) always wanted to be a back-up singer, a radio DJ and a preschool teacher, and so far she’s done two of the three. When people ask what she does in The Foxgloves she says she “sings and shakes things,” and that she does. Sara is a famous YouTuber according to her preschool students, and they love to watch the band’s music videos. In addition to performing with The Foxgloves, Sara is a member of Prairie Fire Lady Choir. Other than music, she is passionate about her family, her pets, equity in education, mental health, reading, watching TV, eating good food and napping.