Podorythmie, Quebecois for "foot rhythms", is a five member group hailing from the U.S., France and Canada. They are known for their high energy and good time performances of French Canadian music and dance.
Fiddle, accordion, songs and lots of hard shoe step dancing interspersed with crankie (moving panorama) shows makes their performances unique.
Sue Truman - Fiddle, podorythmie, chief crankie maker
Pascale Lelong - Accordion, vocals
Prairie Wolfe - Fiddle, vocals, step dancing, podorythmie
Julia Derby - Guitar, step dancing, podorythmie, crankist
Cil Pierce - Guitar, step dancing, podorythmie
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SELECTED PAST PERFORMANCES
The Angry Beaver - We were invited to perform Monday, Oct. 9th, 2017 for Canadian Thanksgiving. We will be joined by the fabulous Dejah Leger. The Angry Beaver is Seattle's only Canadian-themed bar and one of our favorite places to play! Located at 8412 Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle. theangrybeaverseattle.com
The Job Carr Museum - Sept. 16th, 2017, 12:00-4:00. We gave two performances of tunes, hardshoe stepdance and crankies (storytelling machines)! We also gave two crankie workshops. We LOVE the Job Carr Museum. They offered many other heritage craft activities using everyday 19th century items including cranking hand-cranked coffee grinders and mangles! Great fun! Our good friend Mike Saunders also be performed.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival - Podorythmie was there July 15th and 16th, 2017. Two busy days of crankie (moving panorama) workshops, performances and jam sessions in the Francophone Tent! Sue adapted one of her crankies to Tell a story about Pete Seagull, the festival mascot!
Northwest Folklife Festival Sat. May 27th, 2017 - Seattle, Washington, Northwest Folklife Festival. We
were stepping and cranking at Folklife! The crankie fest had 8 artists including Sue Truman and Julia Derby. For the grand finale we all came out on stage and reverse-cranked the scrolls at the same time while Kevin Auld played the Scottish Small Pipes
Festival du Bois, the largest francophone festival on Canada's West Coast. It was March 3 to 5, 2017. We gave a crankie show, multiple music and stepdance performances, a crankie workshop and mini stepdance workshop. More pictures will be posted in the gallery section of this website. Visit their website festivaldubois.ca
NW Puppet Center's 3rd Crankie Fest! Sat., Oct. 1st, 2016. The festival was a sold out success and crankie magic was made.
Katherine Fahey - award winning paper cut artist from Baltimore
PODORYTHMIE -We premiered a new crankie - Waves of the St. Lawrence.
Dejah and Louis Leger - acclaimed artist and musician Dejah Leger with her father-in-law (and crankie box maker) Louis Leger
Squirrel Butter - Charmain Slaven and Charlie Beck with the one and only foot-powered crankie box
CRANKIE BASICS WORKSHOP - at the Felt-a-Con Festival, Sat. Aug. 13th, 2016. Sue Truman and Julia Derby presented a talk/demonstration about crankies at Felt-a-Con Festival located at the Seattle Children's Theater. It covered:
- demonstrations of crankie scrolls made from Tyvek and stitched from felt and fabric
- a short history of moving panoramas and moving drops from the 19th century
- an overview of various methods of making scrolls
- demonstration of using crankie scrolls with shadow puppetry and automatons
MISSION FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL, Mission, British Columbia, Podorythmie did two performances on Sat. July 23rd in this beautiful, outdoor setting.
The Seattle Children's Festival - 2015, The Northwest Folklife Festival wrote a nice article about our performance at the Seattle Children's Festival. Read it here.