The Be Good Tanyas
Written by Gunter Seifert
I am a man that loves all sorts of musical genres and I will be quite honest, folk music is not always up my alley. When my girl Daphne offered up a chance to see the Be Good Tanyas live at the Vogue Theater I figured it was better that spending the night at home. I had no idea what I was going to or what genre of music it was. After youtubing a few videos I was a bit sceptical as to whether or not I would enjoy more that my company that evening. I must learn not to be so pessimistic.
To start we had Lucy Wainwright opening. I had absolutely no clue who she was but thought it would be cool if she were related to Rufus Wainwright, as it turns out, she actually is. This could explain her amazing voice, it echoed throughout the Vogue Theater and lost no potency to Daphne and I in the back balcony. I figured that with her somber music filling the theater that she would be as bitter sweet as her music, but when the song finishes and she begins to talk to the audience a bubbly character erupts. She definitely held my attention throughout her segment of the evening.
Enter "The Be Good Tanyas" a folk/country fusion that took me for a spin, anyone that knows me will tell you that I'm not a fan of either folk or country, however this group astounded me. I will say that my new found favourite song is "Junkie Song," which they opened with. I was immediately captivated, this became even deeper as the trumpet sounded through the theater. I would be lying if I said I didn't have goose bumps. They provided a show that I should come to expect from Vancouver, yes, they are from good old' Van!
I can say with certainty that "The Be Good Tanya's" have made me a fan, in fact I am listening to their album as I write this article. The emotion and clear dedication that they show on stage is enough to make anyone a fan. For all those that have already made them a part your lives, I feel nothing but jealousy that you found them first.