Glenna Garramone

Glenna Garramone

 Victoria, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

What happens when you meld a classically trained pianist and vocalist, a bi-lingual songwriter, a poet, a guitarist, and a tap dancer into one person on stage? You might witness an approximation of Glenna Garramone’s live show.

Biography

Glenna Garramone’s music is a reflection of her fascination with the edge. Inspired by the geography and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, she harmonizes the experimental with the classical, and the unexpected with the organic. Somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna Garramone’s unique approach to songwriting was recognized when she earned the Grand prize in the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest.

Glenna Garramone crafts “raw, emotional, and utterly captivating” songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano to her tap shoes, or a shaker made from lentils in a film canister. And that voice. She performed regularly while obtaining her degree in Poetry at the University of Victoria, establishing a distinct style of lyrical integrity and delivery.

Glenna's fusion of talent, creativity and craft has won her invitations to a wide variety of venues, from the main stage of Victoria's Folk Fest, to the BC Festival of the Arts, and the Victoria Independent Music Awards. The summer of 2003 saw Glenna’s first cross-country journey as she traversed Canada on her Sloppy Seduction Tour. In 2004 she toured the West Coast of the United States by invitation, adding a musical and tap dancing element to the indie press touring circuit, The Perpetual Motion Roadshow. While laying the groundwork for the release of her studio debut, Glenna traversed Canada once again in the fall of 2007, this time traveling by train across the country.

Seasky-Starsong, Glenna Garramone's studio debut, charted at #2 in the Folk Charts on CFUV Radio in Victoria. On this album, her unmistakable voice pilots you through worldscapes populated by octopi, bull kelp, Saints, and a French seductress. In the way that Kim Barlow and Kim Beggs have captured the spirit of the Yukon in song, Glenna has embraced the West Coast in all of its imagery and philosophies. Seasky-Starsong offers the polish of a studio album with everything listeners have come to expect from Glenna Garramone: poetic lyrics, sophisticated arrangements, and a fearless musical vision.

Recorded in a solar-powered yurt on Molokai’i, Hawaii, Glenna Garramone’s newest album, Thank You Half Moon will be officially released in Spring 2013. When she’s not traveling, Glenna resides in Victoria, BC. She can also be found providing vocal harmonies to the Victoria-based band “Oliver Swain's Big Machine.” Glenna also pioneered and now co-produces and performs a tribute show to Leonard Cohen called “Tower of Song” along with Oliver Swain.

Seasoned by over ten years of working the indie circuit and cultivating her unique sound, her songs are the stuff the repeat button is made for: evocative lyrics, beauty, and catharsis.

Discography

Opus- 1998
Singing- 2001
i am the eye EP- 2003
mouth wide open EP- 2005
Seasky-Starsong- 2008

Set List

Varies from gig to gig, but can do any combination of the following:

Original Songs:

Veil is Thin
Mountain Man
Bear Scat
Bright Thing
Anemone
Maple Syrup
K-I-S-S Me
By the Bay
St. St. St.
Saturn's Return
Gecko and Avocado
Pretend We're in Your Basement
No True North Known
Sinking Sun
Broken Bottle

Cover Songs:
Chelsea Hotel #2 by Leonard Cohen
Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen
Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen
Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen
Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen
If It Be Your Will by Leonard Cohen

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere by Bob Dylan
Helpless by Neil Young
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
River by Joni Mitchell
Re: Stacks by Bon Iver
Skinny Love by Bon Iver
Everything is Free by Gillian Welch
Miss Ohio by Gillian Welch
Black Boys on Mopeds by Sinead O'Connor
Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis
Run to You by Bryan Adams
Girl in the War by Josh Ritter
Kathleen by Josh Ritter
Glory Bound by Martin Sexton
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