Po' girl co-conspirators Trish Klein and Allison Russell deliver soulful roots, jazz, country grooves and occasional murder ballads. Po' girl revives all the grit and spirit of the old-time sound through their beguiling original songs and distinctive adaptations of traditionals. Their 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. Her many and varied musical influences include the likes of Taj Mahal, Keith Jarret, Lucinda Williams, Joan Armatrading, Olu Dara, Gram Parsons, Fugees, Al Green, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Bessie Smith.
Trish 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 Brazil's capoeira enhanced sambas.
During her two year stint with Vancouver celtic folk 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 US.
Trish and Allison have been writing, jamming, and performing together since the winter of 2000. Po' girl's debut album will be released on Jericho Beach Music in June 2003.