Po’Girl with guest Leela Gilday
THURSDAY MAY 31
“HOME TO YOU” WEST COAST CD RELEASE
with special guest … LEELA GILDAY
The Red Room … 398 Richards St.
doors: 8pm show: 9pm
tix: $15 advance @
Little Sisters … 1238 Davie St. … 604 669 1753
Kokopelli’s 2052 … Commercial Dr. … 604 253 6950
Highlife Records … 1317 Commercial Dr. … 604 251 6964
$20 @ door
A sold-out crowd waits in semi-darkness. Outside, a van pulls up and five beautiful rag-tag misfits carrying all manner of instruments saunter through the back door. They head unapologetically, past the frantic promoter, and onto the stage.
Po’Girl starts the show. In typical Po’Girl fashion. On time…and at the last minute.
Po’Girl is made up of Allie, Awna, Trish, John and Diona. Their strength is in the power of gentle. This is very compelling.
Po’Girl started innocently enough back in 2002 when Allie and Trish, then flophouse room-mates in East Vancouver, formed a duo. Their sole intent: singing ‘creaky old jazz songs’.
Two years later, the duo found they had become, among other things, a five piece band of multi-instrumentalists. Signed to Nettwerk Records (their first album Vagabond Lullabies came out in 2004), these folk festival darlings soon were headlining venues of enviable size and sharing stages with the likes of David Byrne, Richie Havens, Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti, Utah Philips and Penny Lang.
Home to You, Po’Girl’s new record has captured the breezy, summer night feeling that their live show evokes. And thematically, it seems that the last two years of solid touring have had an effect. Most of the new material is about travel, longing and the notion of ‘home’. All self-confessed former ‘teen-age runaways’, it appears that Po’ Girl has found their new ‘home’- together, driving down a winding road in Shaggy the Love Van. The songs have become gorgeous documentations of this feeling.
Truly a collective effort, Home to You features songs written and delivered by each band member. Po’ Girl boasts no official ‘front man’. Everyone gets a turn. And as the band expands in size, (Diona joined in ’03, Awna in ’05 and studio engineer John became the official tour drummer in ’04) it does the same in proficiency. The result is that many more musical styles weave their way into this fellowship known as Po’ Girl.
Po’ Girl finds devout fans wherever they go. And the word is spreading. Anyone who is attracted to the age-old universal story of a ‘rag-tag down-on-their-luck group of misfits who bands together to take over the world’ will surely find a home here. And who doesn’t like that story? www.pogirl.net www.myspace.com/pogirls
Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Leela has come to appreciate the heartbeat of life, and how it resonates through our experiences. Her songwriting reflects all those things. “I love to sing- I feel like the voice is a human birthright and it should be used often-I think people respond to my voice the way they respond to any instrument- with powerful feelings.” Leela has a lot of family and friend-style support and has won a remarkable number of awards for an independent Dene artist from the north.
Leela recently released her second full-length album, “SEDZE” and It’s no surprise to her loyal fans and friends, “SEDZE” won the 2007 JUNO for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Contgratulations LEELA!
What Leela had to say …
I won the Juno for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. It’s weird to think about winning something in this way- all the other nominees in the category (Northern Cree, Digging Roots, Susan Aglukark, and Jason Burnstick) are super musicians and super people. So in a way, we’re all winners. After thanking my folks and my friends, and Teppei and the Canada Council, I accepted the award on all of our behalf, practically bawling my eyes out. I know- *puke* – how cheesy.
The thing is, I meant it. From the bottom of my shocked and overwhelmed heart.
Respect & Love