Photo by Doug Plummer

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 Quebecois and Cape Breton music and dance.  Fiddle, accordion, songs and lots of hard shoe step dancing interspersed with crankie (moving panorama) shows makes their performances full of surprises.


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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Upcoming Performances

Sat. May 27th, 2017 - Seattle, Washington, Northwest Folklife Festival

PODORYTHMIE will be stepping and cranking at Folklife!

11:00-11:30 - French Canadian tunes and stepdancing

1:00-2:30 - Northwest Folklife's Crankie Fest!  Both Julia Derby and Sue Truman will be rolling out a crankie.  There will be eight crankie artists in all.  Sue Truman is coordinating the event.

Northwest Folklife is still a free event but we encourage all to donate to keep the festival going - thank you and hope you can make it!

Selected Past Performances, Workshops and Adventures!

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!

We had a WONDERFUL time at 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  

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

Pioneer Days, @ Job Carr Historic House, Tacoma, WA.  Sat., Sept. 17th, 2016. Tunes, stepdancing, crankies and jig dolls!   We had a wonderful time!!  Check out their website here.

Podorythmie at the Job Carr Museum, Sept. 17, 2016

Thank you to the Job Carr Museum for including us in their video!

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

The workshop was well attended with a fantastic group of enthusiatic artists. We hope they will all make a crankie! Cool


Photo by Kimberly Strain. Thank you!

MISSION FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL, Mission, British Columbia, July 22 - 24th, 2016. Podorythmie will do two performances on Sat. July 23rd.

COOL! Podorythmie was mentioned in the Vancouver Sun!

WOW, we had the best time!  This was our first crankie/moving panorama perforance in Canada.  If you ever have the chance, go to this festival!

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

Saint-Jean Baptiste Day - Macklin Park in Coquitlam, BC. Friday, June 24th, 2016.  

Northwest Folklife Festival - 2011 through 2016, Memorial Day Weekend. This past year we closed the Crankie Fest at Folklife.  Watch a video of the rehearsal here. Visit the festival website

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. 

Seattle's French Fest - March of  2012, 2013, 2014  A wonderful festival of all things French: food, music, fashion and film!

Photo by Doug Plummer

The Angry Beaver - 2013, 2014, 2015 Seattle's only Canadian bar, one of our favorite places to play! Located at 8412 Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle.

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.

Rehearsing for the Mission Folk Music Festival

Here is a little rehearsing in the cabin for the Mission Folk Music Festival in Mission, British Columbia. The festival is July 22, 23 and 24th, 2016. We are working out a new crankie!

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