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When Awna realized the world wasn't what it seemed from an early age, she packed her suitcase with her comics and a bowl of rice. By the age of six, she left home to circle the streets until night fall. She would only return home to play her garage sale organ and spit spaddadle her trumpet to songs she learned off the radio. After leaving her young life of music, Awna wound up pursuing a life of crime. Hanging with the Robin Hood sort, she honed her driving skills as a getaway driver and perfected the image of innocence it took to walk away unscathed.
Just over a decade later, Awna found her way back to a world of songs and stories. In 2001, she joined the West Coasts' favourite street singers "The Derby," and they went on to release their Indie record "Cyborg Love Songs." 'The Derby' toured throughout Canada playing clubs and the streets. This is where Awna first learned to play the Gutbucket Bass. They spent their days bedazzling tourists and nights singing for the bar crowds. After a year, Awna and some of the members from the Derby, started the Alt-country band "The Red Eyed Rounders." They premiered on the streets during the Calgary Stampede and due to a huge response, they recorded their Indie release, "Milk River Breakdown." In a short time, they toured Canada and The Western States. It was during a preposterous adventure through the back hills of Montana, that they decided to take a long winded break and part ways.
Heading back to the good ol' upstairs, Awna teamed up some friends and started the Country-Folk band "Barley Wik." They released two full length albums and toured nationally for three years. During this time they received great recognition and support from the Vancouver Island Music Awards. Barley Wik was addressed as the "Album of the Year", Most Listenable CD, and Best Acoustic Act. Their songs also appeared on three different music compilations nation wide.
In 2004, Awna decided to branch out and start her solo career. That venture was cut short when she ran into Allison Russell of Po'girl. The two hit it off right away, and made instant plans to collaborate. Po'girl originally formed in Vancouver B.C. in 2003, at a time when Vancouver's roots music community was really thriving. When Awna met up with the band, they had started touring more internationally and needed a bass player that was able to live out of a suitcase. Feeling really comfortable with the idea, she joined them and hit the road the following week. Now seven years later, they have seen a bit of the world together. Po'girl has travelled 15 different countries on 4 continents. They have played everywhere from the streets in Australia to festival stages in front of 20,000 people in Cameroon, Africa. Since Po'girl tours mostly ten to eleven months out of the year, there has been little time for other things. Po'girl has released five albums since Awna joined the band and she has moved far and beyond just playing bass. Awna has recorded many of her own compositions, has been an active arranger of all Po'girl material and has greatly participated in album production. Artistically, she has honed her skills as a photographer, painted album covers and worked on art design for the band. Awna plays and records with guitar, banjo, electric bass, gutbucket bass, ukulele, keys, accordion, glockenspiel, harmonica and percussion.
Since Po'Girl is slowing down their touring until 2014, there will be more time for Awna to pursue her planned solo projects which have been on hiatus for these past few years. She has been working on writing some children's stories and her 'How to Guide' for the Gutbucket Bass is now for sale! This year she is recording and releasing her debut solo album called "Where The Darkness Goes" in the fall of 2012! A mixture of all her musical influences and instruments she plays, the album will take you from old time mountain music to Accordion driven European folk. Stay tuned for her upcoming record release shows!!!