Po’ Girl co-conspirators Trish and Allison deliver soulful roots, jazz, and country grooves. They revive all the grit and spirit of old-time sounds through their beguiling original songs and distinctive adaptations of traditionals. Contrasting vocals and strong musicianship create a compelling variety of textures, moods, and emotions. Po’ Girl’s sound is timeless and timely. These girls are urban minstrels for the twenty-first century.
Trish Klein is a founding member of the Be Good Tanyas, the internationally acclaimed female alt-folk trio. Her accomplished musicianship and gorgeous vocal harmonies are a strong feature of the band’s beautifully nostalgic sound.
A musician and songwriter with a distinctively natural style, Trish plays banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, fiddle, and mandolin. She has spent the last several years touring internationally with the Be Good Tanyas, performing at music festivals, concert halls and skanky dives throughout North America, Australia and the UK.
Montreal-born Allison Russell is an impassioned performer, natural musician and gifted vocalist. Her broad musical palette has taken her from the French language Festival Du Bois with the gypsy swing of Le Hot Club de Mars, to the Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Ache Brasil’s capoeira enhanced sambas.
During her stint with the Vancouver band, Fear of Drinking, Allison was described by Geoffrey Kelly (Penguin Eggs Magazine) as “a mighty combination of Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant taking refuge in the book of British folk rock.” Her rich soulful singing, clarinet, pennywhistle, bodhran and acoustic guitar playing, have won over audiences across Canada and the United States.
Diona Davies started playing the violin at five years old in the small mill town of Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island. Piano was the next instrument to be added to her repertoire. Tuba, trombone, guitar and everything else followed over the years. During and since she has been playing many various styles of music - gypsy, Celtic, country, bluegrass, punk, funk, klezmer - and most importantly the profoundly inspirational original music of fellow musicians she’s met along the road.
There is a little jazz in their music, but it’s old-style and comes out more in a swing of the hips and the way the words are savored as they are sung. Po’ Girl has a subtlety, a confidence and a feel for the music that belies their tender years and the short time they have been making music together. Po’ Girl slips between their own songs and a traditional repertoire with an ease and a grace that usually takes a group years to pull together, if ever. It is a sure sign that a lot of listening is going on, both to the old songs and to each other.