You may have noticed that my website recently took a little nap. This is because I was away attending to some health matters (I’m so mysterious, I know…let’s just say that these new DDDD breasts were worth every penny).
Anyway, I’m back now and will presently resume my “Across the Pond” series, which is far from finished.
However, it’s always wise to go to the bathroom before you embark upon an adventure.
You like them already, don’t you? That’s the thing – they selected such a winning band name that you’re smitten before they’ve even strummed a single chord. It’s like my aunt’s friend Candy. Did I ever meet Candy? Heck, no. I only her name come up in conversation. But there was no doubt in my mind that Candy was the nicest woman in the world.
Now, I dunno about Candy. But here’s the thing about The Good Lovelies: they do not disappoint. This Toronto-based trio is every bit as charming as the name implies.
Maybe even more charming. “The Good Perfect Lovely Enchantresses” might be a more fitting moniker.
I’d like to claim that I discovered The Lovelies when I used their song Lie Down in my 2009 YouTube video “Southern Cowlifornia,” (with permission, of course), but many, many have been seduced by their gorgeous three-part harmonies. In fact, they received a Juno in 2010 for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year.
Instead of me attempting to describe their sound, I shall now harness the power of the internet to create a virtual concert. Once again, I triumph over blogs that use the traditional quill and parchment method!
I’m sure you can gather that I’m also a huge fan of their style (ahoy, dresses!) and playful spirit! Look at their adorable publicity photos:
Last’s night show was A+++, and I was very pleased to see how much my dad enjoyed it. The girls even played a song about the Trans Canada highway, which was especially poignant for me, having just crawled along that beast for two weeks.
(Side note: I really dug the venue, which I was visiting for the first time. Hermann’s has a pleasant, hospitable vibe.)
(Side note on the side note: Wow, I just realized that “hospitable vibe” could easily be misread as “hospital vibe.” And despite what you may have heard about Victoria’s mean age, I assure you this wasn’t the case).
They also played a cover of this, a beloved NFB interstitial short that any of my Canadian peers should recall. The way the archival black and white footage turns into a cartoon – magic. Also…is it just me, or is log driving completely mental?! Somebody get these boys helmets and life jackets, stat.
Speaking of interstitial material, while their songs are great, what really impressed me last night was the banter. All three of The Lovelies – Kerri Ough, Caroline Brooks and “Lady” Sue Passmore, are absolutely hilarious! They regularly had the crowd in stitches.
And that, my friends, pleases this girl completely.
British friends please note: The Good Lovelies are off to please the UK in May! My Lewes friends are in for a special treat as they’re infiltrating the Elephant and Castle on May 23. Make me proud and show these ladies the Lewes love! See the complete gig list here.