Their name alone is enough to put a run in your stockings. Described as "part saloon brawl, part debutante’s ball", Uber Hussy’s maritime tour struts into St. John’s this week for three shows. Fronted by 2003 Best Canadian Aboriginal Artist Lucie Idlout, with Nancy Dutra and Cassandra Rutherford, the Hussies play a mash of "bluegrass, chunk folk and cabaret". Under the pseudonyms Calamity Royale, Patsy Doots and Billy the Id, respectively, these girls will treat you to songs like "Eight Legged Floozie", "Last tango in Barrie" and "Serotonin".
Like all the best touring shows, Uber Hussy combines politics and performance. Traveling with them is Liliany Obando, a Colombian human rights activist and wanted woman (she is apparently on the Columbian paramilitary’s hit list). Obando will speak about the 3.5 million peasant, Afro-American and Indigenous people forced from their land in the name of the US "War on Drugs".
Catch Uber Hussy and Liliany Obando Thursday, August 10 at The Ship Pub; Friday, August 11 at The Rose & Thistle; and Saturday, August 12 at The Basement. Tickets are $5.
– Lesley Thompson