STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
Local female folk trio No Good Sister makes their Phoenixville debut at the Steel City Coffee House on Friday March 11. There will be three-part vocal harmonies, Philadelphia’s Mike “Slo Mo” Benner on lap steel guitar (who is also No Good Sister’s producer) and even a new song or two or three. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sharing the bill with No Good Sister is soul singer Caleb Hawley of Harlem, NYC.
Singers Meaghan Kyle (Lafayette Hill), Jess McDowell (Mt. Airy) and Maren Sharrow (Cherry Hill) have already performed in front of audiences at the 2015 Philadelphia Folk Festival, World Cafe Live, New York’s The Bitter End and Boston’s Club Passim, been featured on WXPN’s “The Key,” voted 2014 Best New Artist on WSTW’s “Hometown Heroes” awards, played SXSW in 2014 and opened for national headliners like The SteelDrivers and Eilen Jewell.
They’re also hoping to be selected in a contest to appear on National Public Radio’s “Tiny Desk” series. See the video they submitted at www.nogoodsister.com. “That sort of lit a fire under our you-know-whats,” Sharrow said in a phone interview, noting that the trio had been talking about posting some performance video for a while. It’s not as simple a task as it sounds: the trio have day jobs and Sharrow has two young sons.
Sharrow and Kyle both used to live in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, and No Good Sister formed when Kyle and McDowell, both members of the folk group A Fistful of Sugar, were looking to put together a new group.
Winning an open mic. contest at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington led to recording the three-song EP “No Good Sister” in 2014. The songs (which can be found on Spotify) were “Little Bit Crazy,” the old-school country of “Boss of My Heart” and the bluesy “Look Good on Paper,” which Sharrow commented is a “showcase (for) Meghan’s big pipes.”
The new songs you might hear, she said, are “Reckless, “Just Tonight” and the love song “Fireworks.” Sharrow hopes the new album will be out by fall.
“We are really excited to come to Phoenixville Friday,” she said.
Tickets are $15, $22 for advance reserved seating, and available through www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com/tickets/no-good-sister-and-caleb-hawley; in person at Steel City Coffeehouse, 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville; or by phone at (610) 933-4043. Advance reserved seating with dinner entree is $29.