“Our delegation had such a wonderful time when you performed. They were still chatting about it a week later. You were a huge hit.”
— Kelly Maluta, Community Services Coordinator, Town of Stony Plain
“Portman sings with such incredible passion and heart ... puts any auto-tuned diva to shame.”
— Edmonton Sun
Beth Portman is a storyteller, presenting her personal perspective on life through original lyrics and engaging music. Inspired by the musical styles of the early to mid 20th century, Portman’s music has been described as clever, touching and sassy. In addition to strumming her ukulele she creatively incorporates percussion into her performances using suitcases, beaded purses and her heeled shoes. When not performing solo or as a duo with her guitarist, she performs with her band, The Good Find and has released two recordings, Lovin’ and Take a Trip. The later recording inspired Portman to create the train themed show Take a Trip: A Musical Journey for the Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park in 2016.
For most solo performances Portman includes her luggage 'looper' into the mix to record and build rhythmic layers using her suitcases and their contents. The added percussion enriches her original and standard songs, vocals, ukulele and guitar work. It's a contemporary twist on her vintage vibe sound that's creative, playful and in the moment.
Beth Portman's The Suitcase Show
Playfully exploring the rhythmic possibilities of her suitcases and their contents to support her music, Portman takes the audience on a trip through her original songs and the songs that inspire her. Using the suitcase as a metaphor for life's experiences and creative exploration, Portman delves deeper into the stories and feelings behind her vintage-vibe music. As she likes to say, "It all started with an old suitcase and pair of red shoes."
This intimate show is well suited for smaller venues such as; cafes, music clubs and house concerts.
Concert length: two 45 minute sets
“Really enjoyed the suitcase show with all the cool rhythms and your fabulous voice. ”
— Darcy H, audience member
Promo video of Beth Portman's solo presentation and with her band, The Good Find
"It all started with an old suitcase and pair of red shoes.""
Photographer, Ayman Kallousa