Posted by: Leah Morise | December 11, 2010

The Good Lovelies in London

Last night the Good Lovelies played at The Aeolian Hall in London. I may have mentioned before that this is one of the most acoustically pleasing venues in London (both for singing at and listening). The hall was set up in the cabaret style (which I enjoy because you usually end up meeting people if you have an extra chair at your table). We sat with our friend Peter Janes and met a lovely couple – Karen & Ron. We found out that it was their first time seeing Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, and it was enjoyable to watch them as they discovered the treasure that we know as The Good Lovelies.

A little bit about the band:
The Toronto-based trio is currently on a Christmas tour singing songs from their album Under the Mistletoe as well as some new songs to be release in early 2011. The talented bass player Ben Whiteley has joined them for this tour to add a bit of “Man-Lovely” to the team – and so he does.
They have been touring coast to coast playing festivals, clubs and house concerts. They also toured in March with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe. The Good Lovelies were the winners of the 2010 JUNO for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (very deserving!) What a terrific album it is – it is one of our favourite “road trip” albums. The sweet harmonies in songs like Sleepwalkin’ and I Want transport you to the era of the Andrew Sisters. Not only do they have tight three-part harmonies but they are all clever songwriters and solid multi-instrumentalists – guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, uke – what can’t they do?

Sue, Kerri and Caroline are genuine, the real thing. They play and interact with an honesty and joy that is infused into the audience. They enjoy being together. You can see this by their interaction on and off stage, their blog, and countless photos of them sharing good times together. They act like sisters and almost make you feel like part of their family.

The concert:
I have been following The Good Lovelies for several years (following – not stalking) and cherish any time I can hear them play live. The variety of songs – from playful tunes to thought-provoking or meaningful love songs are often visual (at least for me). For instance, “I want to sing by the ocean, wade in, pants rolled to my knees“. I can see it – almost feel the water flow over my toes. Okay, maybe it is just late and I have a good imagination – I dunno. To me their shows DO stir the imagination. This show was no different. They shared some of the songs from the upcoming album (which we are now looking forward to). They made us laugh, and then laugh some more. Cheesy to say – but they warmed our hearts on this frosty winter night! I wasn’t really feeling in the Christmas spirit yet but they served it up like milk and cookies 😉
We were treated to two sets which included new songs and familiar originals which we were encouraged to sing along to (you KNOW that I did!) During the intermission they took the time to chat with fans and sign CDs. Their fans love them. They played us some familiar songs from their Christmas album like: Silent Night, Santa Baby, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and, believe it or not, The Chipmunk Song.
The standing ovation was quick and enthusiastic. They returned to the stage to send us off with a beautiful version of Cohen’s Hallelujah. It was one of the most moving I have ever heard.

If you need a good dose of light-hearted entertainment or a bit of inspiration – look no further.
Check out their music and see when they are coming to a city near you!



  1. The Good Lovelies are indeed a class act with tight harmonies and infectious fun. Thanks for the report Leah.

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