Girlyman play Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow on Friday 25 May and before that they will come into studio 1 of Celtic Music Radio for chat and a few songs with Gordon Hotchkiss on Friday’s Homeward Bound.
Girlyman are from Atlanta, Georgia, USA and are described as a ‘leading edge three-part harmony folk-pop’.
“Really good, really unexpected, and really different” is how Village Voice describes Girlyman’s lyric driven folk-pop. But that can also describe the year that inspired their fifth studio album Supernova.
“A supernova is a dying star” explains Girlyman member Doris Muramatsu, who was diagnosed with leukemia in late 2010. The three founding members of Girlyman (Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky and Tylan Greenstein) had spent 10 years playing and singing harmony together, from early days in tiny coffeehouses, through long opening runs with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, all the way to festival main stages and the country’s premier acoustic venues.
The band, now a quartet with the addition of former Po’ Girl drummer JJ Jones in 2009, suddenly feared for its future. “I was in the hospital getting blood transfusions and chemotherapy” Doris continues. “We cancelled a month of tours and thought that was it.”
An autobiography of this unique time for the band, Supernova’s thirteen songs resonate with themes of uncertainty and transformation.
Learn more about Girlyman on Friday afternoon when they come to Celtic Music Radio just after 3.00pm.