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Folk trio ‘Good Lovelies’ on stage in town Saturday

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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON — Funny and upbeat with just a pinch of sass, The Good Lovelies will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

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“This will be our first time coming to Worthington, but we’re really excited,” singer and musician Sue Passmore said. “It’s always fun to meet new people and see new places.”

The Good Lovelies are an all-female Canadian folk band whose performances feature lighthearted songwriting and witty on-stage banter.

“I guess our music is labeled ‘folk-roots,’ but there’s some western swing and bluegrass added to the mix,” Passmore said. “It really is a variety, which makes it fun for us to play.”

All three women sing and play various instruments — banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion and mandolin.

“We all kind of shuffle around, so people will hear all of us sing and play a little of everything,” Passmore added.

Since joining forces in 2006, the band has produced four full-length albums — including a Christmas release — as well as touring throughout Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

“We try and make our shows feel like a big living room,” Passmore said. “We not only sing, but tell stories from the road, talk to the audience and just hope everyone has a good and relaxing time.”

The group has performed throughout the summer festival circuit, including spots like the Hillside Festivals in Ontario and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The Good Lovelies’ self-titled album, released in 2009, won the ladies the New Emerging Artist Award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2010, this same album received a Juno for the Roots/Traditional Album of the Year - their third album, “Let the Rain Fall,” was recently nominated for the Roots/Traditional Album of the Year at the Juno Awards in 2012.

With equal parts city and country, the Good Lovelies’ humor and self-assurance shines through from the toe-tapping start of “Made for Rain” to the final notes in the French-flecked “Mrs. T.” In between, there are reflections on urban imperfections with “Backyard,” straight-up love songs like “Best I Know” and many other upbeat numbers, according to the group’s promotional materials.

“Even if you’re not familiar with the Good Lovelies, take a chance, get that ticket, and once you’re here you’ll soon realize they make you want to like them,” Memorial Auditorium Manager Margaret Hurlbut Vosburgh said.

The Good Lovelies have proved to be a band to look out for with their fellow Canadians, as well as those south of the border. For ticket information, call the auditorium at 376-9101.

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