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This is from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival - performer archives

2002 The Road Dog Divas Ontario/USA

The community that brings this weekend together is a big one and many different people bring their skills, their passion and their street smarts to making it something special. Amanda Stark performed here in 1996 with Chris Chandler and is also the woman who brought Dan Bern and Bitch and Animal to our attention. Jack Schuller and Rachel Rocco are old amigos at Festival Distribution who know a lot about this Festival and about folk music in general. When all these folks get in touch to talk about a new group of women who are rocking their respective worlds, it more than behoves one to take a listen.

The Divas are Laura Freeman, Myshkin and Darlene. All are travellers of the first order whose paths intertwined over time and they found such a joy in singing together, they decided it would be a great idea to hit the road together.

Laura Freeman is the kind of artist who can find a musical comfort level anywhere from the Oregon County Fair to the streets of New Orleans to singing between dancers at a burlesque show. "Jazzy Texas sass" is the kind of music you might expect from an artist who called her first recording Greatest Hits from Her Twenties and Thirties. She blends torch, country, cabaret, vaudeville and twang to become a one-woman mini-musical.

Myshkin has worked the circus, driven cab in Santa Fe, panhandled in Laramie and, we are told, died in New York. Reliable sources also report that she stole her name from Dostoevsky and really did dye her hair in the bathroom of a Texaco. Her music mixes punk, jazz and delta into songs that are spooky, subtle and deeply steeped in the ambience of New Orleans. Her songs are edgy, irreverent, and as London's Time Out magazine said, "elegantly skewed."

Darlene is already something of a mythic figure in the Ontario roots music scene. In 1990 she pointed her motorcycle toward the highway out of a proverbial town in North Ontario, setting out on a ride that has lasted for a dozen years and counting. She has sung in ashrams, Irish pubs, American clubs, living rooms, festivals and, one suspects, at the top of her lungs rolling down the open road on that motorcycle. Her music reflects her travels, drawing strength from blues, Celtic, country and the music of the Roma. She is also a member of the Ontario Ojibway women's group, The White CeDar Singers, and has special permission from them to share their songs with the people she meets along the way.


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