Photo by Doug Plummer

Podo shoes in the cabin.

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.

 

Band Members:

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 First - Bellingham Crankie Fest!

Sat. Oct. 21st, 8:00 PM at the Bellingham Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple Street in Bellingham, WA

Dejah Leger, Alexander MacLeod, Sue Truman with Podorythmie, Future Man, Harper Stone and more!! SPOOKY CRANKIES!

Dejah Leger made this flyer. One of the best!

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

Kids and adults made crankies using stamp sets of "ships at sea" and the Job Carr cabin!

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.

For the Vancouver Folk Music festival, Sue is working on the Pete Seagull crankie, the mascot of the festival.

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!

It was like an old fashion kitchen party at Chez Nous. Inter-generational. We made many new friends.

June 24th, 2017  We were busy in British Columbia!

Canada Place  - Crankie workshops and a performance

And then more fun.

Chez Nous in Coquitlam, BC - Tunes, song, stepdancing, crankie show (hand-cranked storytelling machines) and limberjack, dance competitions. 

The grand finale at NW Folklife Festival's Crankie Fest! photo by Doug Plummer.

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 - EPIC!

Thank you to Starbucks for their continued support of the Seattle Storytelling community.

Auntmama's Storytable - We spun some tales and cranked some crankies at Seattle's Storyteller's event in March.  So inspired by the other storytellers especially Mary Anne Moorman AKA Auntmama. Thanks for the invitation and we will be back!

On the main stage at Festival du Bois!

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  

It was a full house at the NW Puppet Center!

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

Julia Derby is cranking "Waves of the St. Lawrence" while a participant operates an automaton.

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

 

Our first crankie show in Canada! Photo by Kimberly Strain. Thank you!

MISSION FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL, Mission, British Columbia,  Podorythmie did two performances on Sat. July 23rd in this beautiful, outdoor setting. 

Julia Derby stepdancing at Canada Place while, Prairie, Sue and Pascale play.

Canada Place, Saint-John Baptiste Day Vancouver, BC. Friday, June 24th, 2016. Crankie workshops and performances.

The Garden House - February 2016,  Prairie, Cil and Julia stepdancing to a full house at The Garden House with Sue on fiddle and Louis Leger on accordion, subbing for Pascale. 

Photo by Doug Plummer

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. 

Poster paper cut and designed by Katherine Fahey

Empty Sea Studios - 2014, East Meets West Crankie Fest. We had the great honor to perform along with our good friends Dejah and Louis Leger and Katherine Fahey from Baltimore. Katherine also papercut this wonderful poster.