With banjos, accordions, clarinets and even a gut-bucket bass in town, Canadian band Po’ Girl stopped by Momo’s Club Friday night as part of their “No Shame” tour.
Playing a sampling of new tunes from their upcoming record, “Follow Your Bliss” (due out in May) as well as some “oldies” the four-piece band with Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Slidelinger (guitars) and Mikey “Lightning” August (drums) charmed the audience with their blend of folk, roots and originality.
There was the heartbreaking but hopeful Where’d the Music Go that Allison wrote as a prayer for her mother to find the strength to leave an abusive relationship accompanied by No Shame, a song written about her childhood experiences which led her to speak out against child abuse. Po’ Girl is donating a portion of the proceeds from the tour to the National Children’s Alliance in the USA and Little Warriors in Canada.
Old Mountain Line turned into an Appalachian-worthy toe-tapper, even without JT and the Clouds (who appear with Po’ Girl on their latest release, Live). “Just imagine really tall red-heads interspersed up here,” Awna suggested.
Remember Me, another new one, was a shining example of the banjo/clarinet combination along with Alli and Awna’s beautifully complimentary harmonies. The glockenspiel made an appearance during Humboldt Park, Allison’s ode to her new neighborhood in Chicago.
The set ended with Awna’s accordion-driven Gandy Dancer which transitioned from Parisian café to a rousing after-hour fête with the addition of a French traditional number.
Their new record Follow Your Bliss will be available digitally in May and their live record is available now on PoGirl.net along with tour dates and more info. Take a chance on their show, they’ve been fabulous every time we’ve seen them.
(*new songs – guesses at titles)
Stay With Me Tonight*
Where’d the Music Go*
These Are The Moments that We Are Alive*
Drive All Night
When We Are Love*
You Come and You Go*
Follow Your Bliss
Gandy Dancer > French Song