The Hermitess is the solo project of songwriter and harpist Jennifer Crighton, who comes by way of various other musical incarnations, including The Consonant C and Devonian Gardens. Stripping back the performance to a harp and a circle of women's voices, the Hermitess is an inquisitive, contrary, wounded, wise and ever dreaming incantation
Live Performances feature a changing cast of characters that may include:
Shara Raska, Julia Gunst, Randee-Lee Ross, Erin Rudling, Aimee-Jo Benoit, Richard Gallant, Melissa McWilliams, Jolene Toner, Laura Reid, Melyssa Nielsen, Eric Hamlin, Danny Vescarelli, and others...
Yellow Smoke: Jennifer Allyson
Live shots: and Mike Tan
JULY 17 - Blank Page Studio, Songwriters Circle - Calgary, AB - w/ Bashu Nami-Roi and Richard Garvey
JUNE 30 - Frogfest - Rocky Mountain House, AB - w/ Foonyap, Respectful Child and others.
JUNE 21 - Sled Island, King Eddie - Calgary,AB - w/ Les Fillies Illigdahd, Astral Swans, Hymn
MAY 26 - Album Release, Sunalta Hall - Calgary, AB - w/ Kenna Burima & Dark Time
DECEMBER 30 - Night Owl - Calgary, AB - w/ Heavy Mountain & Slo Dance
NOVEMBER 19 - Femme Wave Festival, Royal Canadian Legion #1 - Calgary, AB - w catl., The Garrys, Man Meat, Homo Monstrous, Feed Dogs, Teeth & KP Smith
NOVEMBER 16 - Woolf's Voice #14, Shelf Life Books - Calgary AB - w/
NOVEMBER 5 - Infinitea - Fernie, BC - w/ Foonyap
NOVEMBER 5 - The Dome House - Fernie, BC - W/ Foonyap
NOVEMBER 4 - Captain's Cabin - Medicine Hat, AB - w/ Foonyap, WINT, Richard Inmann
OCTOBER 28 - Lethbridge Fish and Game Club - Lethbridge, AB - W/ Foonyap, Fox Eyes, Unbroken Circle Ensemble
OCTOBER 23 - The Sewing Machine Factory - Edmonton, AB - w/ Foonyap & HarshMellow
OCTOBER 22 - SCYAP Art Centre - Saskatoon, SK - w/ Foonyap & Respectful Child
OCTOBER 20 - Foonyap Album Release, Ironwood Stage and Grill - Calgary, AB - w/ Foonyap
It’s a sonic disruption to almost anything else you’ve ever heard, and the whole thing unfolds like a secret garden coming to life after a long, harsh winter, cracking through the Earth bloom by bloom, branch by branch, song by song.
an album of appropriately desolation-evoking, nature-inspired songs for her debut as Hermitess. Akin to the austere spookiness of Chelsea Wolfe or the more subdued moments of Myrkur, Crighton creates her haunted, distant atmospheres by blending her voice with her harp, sometimes cloaked in waves of distortion