Happy Monday All! Thought I’d shine today’s Music Monday Spotlight on a fun group, whose foot tapping, positive beats had me wanting more! So check out the deets on the Canadian folk/country harmony trio, consisting of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore better known as The Good Lovelies! Check out the music video and great Fun Facts on the group below! GOOD LOVELIES RETURN WITH BURN THE PLAN, NEW ALBUM OUT MAY 26, 2015
The Good Lovelies!
Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore
GOOD LOVELIES RETURN WITH BURN THE PLAN, NEW ALBUM OUT MAY 26, 2015
The Good Lovelies are one of Canada’s premier folk bands. With high-profile awards including a Juno and multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards on the shelf, as well as plenty of praise from the international folk music community, the trio is now set to venture beyond the boundaries of old time traditions with a new album, Burn The Plan.
For Burn The Plan, the trio spent time developing, expanding and honing their sound as individual musicians first, and as Good Lovelies second. These new songs were crafted not to ‘fit’ their catalogue per se, but as expressions of individual voices within a tight-knit group dynamic. What keeps the three Lovelies making music together is not just their uncanny musical compatibility; it’s their unshakeable friendships that support each member contributing to the songwriting in distinct ways.
2011’s Juno-nominated Let The Rain Fall was the last time the Good Lovelies released a full-length studio album. It may not feel so long ago, since the band’s profile has continued to grow with awards, steady sold-out touring, and a live album in between, but you can do a whole lotta living, loving and letting go in four years. For Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, four years has been the exact number of hours, moments and experiences needed to take the next step, to burn the plan.
Coming May 26th 2015
The Goodlovelies Fun Facts taken from Goodlovelies.com
Q: How did you meet?
Sue and Kerri first met in a grade 2/3 split class many moons ago. It wasn’t until Sue’s final year of high school where they really started to spend a lot of time together. They were in the same choir (La Jeunesse) for many years, and discovered a mutual love for songwriting and performing. Kerri accompanied Sue on some gigs in her hometown, and a big crowning performance moment for them was when they performed Alanis Morissette’s song “Uninvited” during an assembly honouring retiring teachers.
Sue and Caroline met in 2000, through a mutual friend Yvonne Howard (it occurred to us that this band wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Yvonne introducing these two women years ago.) Caroline and Sue were celebrating New Year’s Eve together, and drank copious amounts of booze together. Years later, Sue would open for Caroline and her sister’s band (The Brooks Sisters) Cd release.
Kerri and Caroline met through Sue. A little known fact about our band is in Febraury 2004, we did our actually first show together – not as the Good Lovelies, but as three separate acts. Kerri, new to Toronto, opened the show and played her new original songs. Caroline and Katherine (the Brooks Sisters) played next, performing songs from their debut album. And Sue, with band, closed the show with songs from her album 87 Miles. Eventually, December 2006 rolled around and the three of us happily set up a show as soloists, where we would perform on each others’ songs. That fateful night, was the night the Good Lovelies were born. December 15, 2006 – our birthday.
Q: How did you choose your band name?
Oh, how I wish this was an fun answer, like, “The Horribly Awfuls” was already taken… but it was the name Sue selected to present our show on December 15th.
Q:How long have you been playing instruments & singing?
Caroline has been playing the guitar since she was 6. When our band began she taught herself how to play mandolin, banjo, electric guitar.
Kerri has been playing the piano since she was 6. When our band began she taught herself to play the banjo and electric bass. She aspires to pick up the upright bass in the next five years.
Sue took piano lessons as a child, and picked up the guitar when she was 20. When our band started, she taught herself how to play bass, percussion and mandolin.
Q: Did you go to university for music?
Sue went to York University for a degree in Fine Arts.
Kerri went to Western Universtiy for a degree in Music.
Caroline went to the University of Toronto for a degreen in Environmental Studies
Q: What were your day jobs before you quit them to pursue music full time?
Sue worked at the Printing House in Toronto doing graphic design and short run printing.
Kerri worked for the Government of Ontario, the Ministry of Health Promotions in the Communications Branch.
Caroline worked for the University of Toronto in recruitment and admissions.
Q: Where are you from?
Sue grew up in Cobourg, ON
Kerri grew up just outside of Port Hope, ON
Caroline grew up in Whitby, ON
Q: Where do you live?
Sue is temporarily in Victoria, BC on an adventure
Kerri is in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the foreseeable future.
Caroline is holding down the fort in our home province, residing in Toronto, Ontario
Q: What do your partners think of you touring all the time?
They are incredibly supportive of our touring life. We are fortunate enough to be a touring band full time and they are all proud of our accomplishments. And we do our best to sneak them in our suitcases and bring them on tour with us when can.
Q: Are you planning to have more kids?
That’s a personal question that we discuss often. What I will say is that we fully support each others’ life dreams and goals whatever they may be and we will do whatever we can to make sure we can to accomplish them and support each other.
Q: Is this your full time job?
Yes, touring, recording, and running the Good Lovelies is our full-time job.
Q: How do you write songs?
Typically each of brings a near-completed song to the table and presents it to the band. Then together, we work out any lyrics or melodies that need work, and work on whatever harmonies haven’t been already chosen. Sometimes a song comes to the “table” finished and all we have to do is learn it for stage… sometimes the songs take waaaaayyyy longer to work through. The creative process is different for each of us, but it’s not a Good Lovelies song until we’ve all had our fingers in it.
Q: How do you decide who plays what on what songs?
Usually, the main writer of the song chooses the instrument they will play and we work out together what instruments will best suit a life performance of that song. We often have guest players on our albums, so it’s a fun challenge to take a bigger sound and distill it into a three or four-piece set up.
Q: How do you figure out your harmonies?
In the same way we select the instruments to play, we work them out together, just by singing through a bunch of options. Some songs are easier than others to harmonize. We try to vary the harmony styles from song to song, and those songs call for a little more attention and playing around together.
Q: How do you share writing credits?
We are an equal opportunity band and share everything 33.3%. The 0.1% goes to the songs’ original writer. That goes for everything in this business. We all drive, we all share the duties of running a band. For the song writing credits, it’s important to us to share in the effort that goes into getting our music to the public. If it weren’t for this band and all the touring we do, the songs wouldn’t be heard. We find that sharing ownership over all the music helps us invest into the performance of that song. We celebrate a song’s success together, we share in song’s failure together.