About Beth

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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.

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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. 

Portman has performed for the Edmonton Secret Streetcar Concerts, Vermilion Allied Arts Performance Series, Battle River Railways and the Nickelodeon Music Club. Upcoming performances include The Arden Theatre and the VIA Rail Artist on Board Program.

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Beth Portman presents her personal perspective of life and love through original lyrics and engaging music, taking her audience on a musical journey that is happily nostalgic but never dated. Accompanying Beth is her ‘Good Find’ of musicians that complement her own performance on the ukulele. Instrumentation ranges from an acoustic bass and guitar duo to an expanded version with a female vocalist, who, along with Portman, incorporates percussion through suitcases, picnic baskets and mint boxes. Beth also performs in her solo presentation where she builds rhythmic layers with her luggage looper and suitcase contents. It’s creative, playful and in the moment.

November 2016, Beth created Take a Trip: a Musical Journey for Fort Edmonton Park’s Capitol Theatre. Inspired by Beth Portman & the Good Find’s 2015 EP Release Take a Trip, this themed concert about trains, the prairies and the connections that bind us features original songs by Portman.

Beth’s musical interests are influenced by her love of early film. An award-winning animator, music played a major role in the creation of her two films for the National Film Board — Cactus Swing, with country music by Alberta’s Great Western Orchestra, and Fair Phyllis, with a madrigal soundtrack featuring her lyrics. Beth is a founding member of the world-beat, a cappella sextet Juba, touring from Yellowknife to Ontario and Harare, Zimbabwe. Beth performed in the WW2-themed Home Front Cabaret as one member of The Swingin’ Sisters Club, along with real sisters Bridget and Kate Ryan. The production toured British Columbia, the North West Territories and Alberta.

Beth Portman & the Good Find have performed for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the Edmonton Streetcar Concerts, Vermilion Allied Arts, the Bailey Theatre and on the Battle River Railway. As a solo artist Beth has performed at numerous cafe and house concert presentations as well as opening for the Good Lovelies at Horizon Stage and Oh Susanna at the Nickelodeon Music Club. She has two recordings Lovin' and Take a Trip. Upcoming 2018 performances include The Arden Theatre and the Via Rail Artist on Board Program. 

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