Review: The Good Lovelies at the Company House

Braving the weather in the name of sweet harmony

The Good Lovelies - SHANNON WEBB-CAMPBELL
Shannon Webb-Campbell
The Good Lovelies

Winter in Atlantic Canada is cold, and cruel. It’s late February, and we’re all at the point of questioning why we live here. The answer could be found at The Company House last night, where The Good Lovelies, who travelled from all corners of the country with major flight delays, serenaded two shows in one night, with their buttery, heart-warming harmonies.

Funny and charming, The Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerrri Ough, and Susan Passmore, a trio of friends who quit their government day jobs to sing catchy three-part harmony folk songs. They toured across Canada in what they describe as their riches to rags tour, borrowing Brooks’ husband’s car for the journey, and have never looked back. Despite two of the three lovelies going on little to no sleep, and another travelling with a toddler, their wit and panache shimmered on stage.

The Good Lovelies released Under The Mistletoe (2009), a seasonal record of holiday hits, and proved their universal appeal with their self-titled debut (2009), which won New Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and received a Juno for Roots/Traditional album of 2010. Their third release, Let Rain Fall (2011), was also nominated for a Juno. The Good Lovelies latest album, Live at Revolution (2012), showcases their effortless live performance.

With a catalogue of songs about winter, The Good Lovelies are the perfect balance of sweetness with sass, sharing stories of life on the road, motherhood, love and marriage. Love songs like “Best I Know,” “Kiss Me in the Kitchen” and “Lie Down,” to wintery serenades “Winter Hours,” and “February Songs,” the trio warm even the coldest of souls. Their renditions of k-os’ “Crabbuckit,” and Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” proved folk music transcends.

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