Taking their name from an ancient goddess who represented the circular nature of life and the phases of the moon, The Wyrd Sisters, one of Canada's most inspiring talents, take the Smith Opera House by storm on Friday, March 12, as part of the theater's Wild Women of the World Music Series. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Admission is $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Founding member Kim Baryluk, Kathy “Kiva” Brown, Julene Gravett and Lindsay Jane are the four women who create this provocative group. With a strong background in songwriting, a penchant for spine-tingling harmonies and an original blend of jazz stylings, the haunting and seductive Wyrd Sisters have been captivating audiences throughout Canada and the U.S. since 1993.
The Wyrd Sisters have gained international recognition for their intensely personal writing and enticing vocal harmonies. Their deeply touching songs underscore the ambiguities, absurdities and stark realities of life.
The Wyrd Sisters' mandate — to provide a voice for those whose views and dreams cannot afford a corporate platform — will continue as long as there is that need. Until then, The Wyrds continue to honor the voices of their communities.
They have written, performed and recorded songs about stalking, about the scourge of AIDS, about the 1989 massacre of 14 women in Montreal and about plans for clear-cutting of old growth forest in Clayoquot Sound in British Columbia. They've entertained and outraged people with a humorous song about masturbation with a bathtub faucet and another about war toys. The Sisters, in short, have something to say and they've attracted a loyal following with strong lyrics, enchanting vocal harmonies and a folky acoustic sound.
The Wyrd Sisters began their accidental but illustrious career in 1990 with the coming together of three like-minded Winnipeg women who had no previous professional musical experience. They wrote music as others would write diaries, deeply personal, sometimes sad yet often inspiring songs of the world they lived in. Audiences heard their own stories wrapped up in the beautiful harmonies woven by the Wyrd Sisters and the Wyrds soon became a highly sought after staple of the folk scene. Since then, much of their music, such as 'Warrior,' 'The Faucet,' 'Farewell to Clayoquot Sound' and 'Leave a Little Light' has been covered, recorded and sung by performers and choirs from across the globe.
The Wyrd Sisters have performed at almost every major North American folk festival and have had their music scored and performed with symphonies. Now, more than a dozen years later, after several births and rebirths, four recordings, multiple compilation inclusions, commissioned scores and compositions, numerous Juno nominations and a thousand performances, The Wyrd Sisters continue their legacy of bringing hope and affirmation to their audiences in the form of well crafted, impossibly tight harmonied songs.
Tickets for the Wyrd Sisters are available at the Smith box office, Area Records and Music, Lyons National Bank, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore, and WomanMade Products or by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483).
The “Wild Women of the World Music Series” is sponsored by WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, WEOS FM and the New York State Council on the Arts. The final concert in the series is Brazil's Iabas on March 27.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.