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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 Arden Theatre, Horizon Stage, Vermilion Allied Arts Performance Series, Battle River Railways and the Nickelodeon Music Club. In 2018 she crossed Canada performing for the VIA Rail 'Artist on Board' Program.

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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. When not performing solo or as a duo with her guitarist, Portman is accompanied by her band 'The Good Find’ who complement her own performance on the ukulele. Instrumentation ranges from an acoustic bass and guitar duo to an expanded version with a female vocalist and or drummer, who, along with Portman, incorporates percussion through suitcases, picnic baskets and mint boxes. Beth also performs as a solo artist. To accompany her vocal and ukulele performance she records and builds rhythmic layers on a loop using sounds created from the contents of her purse or suitcase. It's creative, playful and in the moment.

November 2016, Portman 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.

Portman'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. Portman is a founding member of the world-beat, a cappella sextet Juba, touring from Yellowknife to Ontario and Harare, Zimbabwe.She also 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 and her band The Good Find have performed for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the Edmonton Streetcar Concerts, Vermilion Allied Arts, Arden Theatre , Horizon Stage and on the Battle River Railway. As a solo artist Portman 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. In 2018 she crossed Canada performing for the Via Rail Artist on Board Program. Beth has 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.

 

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