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 and at the age of six, left home to circle the streets until night fall. She would only return home to play her garage sale organ and trumpet to songs she learned off the radio. After leaving her young life of music, Awna wound up pursuing a life of crime. Hanging out 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.
It wasn't long before Awna found her way back to a world of songs and stories. In 2001, she joined West Coast's favourite bands, "The Derby" and "The Red Eyed Rounders". Shortly after starting the Country-Folk band "Barley Wik" touring all over Canada for 3 years.
In 2004, Awna decided to branch out and start her solo career. That venture was cut short when she ran into Allison Russell of the international roots band Po'Girl and within a week, she joined the band and hit the road. For eight years now, Po'Girl have seen a bit of the world together. They have toured in 15 different countries on 4 continents, releasing five albums since the time Awna joined the band, all of which feature many on her own compositions.
In 2011 Awna decided to take a bit of a break from touring with Po'Girl to record and release her long awaited debut solo album "Where The Darkness Goes". (Set for release in the UK and EU in September 2012 and North American in October 2012). Awna spent March and April in Chicago recording the album at Minbal studios, working with a hand full of incredible Chicago based musicians and wonderful engineer Zach Goheen. While handling the accordion, guitar, banjo, harmonica and ukulele with ease, Awna's songs will bring you back to that classic old time feel of back porch spirituals. Crossing borders with her Portuguese upbringing, you will hear tales of heartache and travel through accordion driven European folk. With the title track having haunting sweet harmonies, you are taken on a journey with horn arrangements, full band blends and also stripped down compositions with just Awna and her instrument of choice. This is an album that brings together all of Awna's dynamics, leaving listeners and audiences alike, captivated from start to finish.
Empty Sea Studios (View)
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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