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.
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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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!
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 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
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
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!
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!
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. theangrybeaverseattle.com
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.