HOME GAMES Soozi Schlanger and her Swamperella posse join the crew at the Jamboree Sunday (August 26), 3 pm, on Ward's Island. $18-$20. 416-703-0811.
NICKNAME Soozi ("My real name is a nickname. My parents were immigrants, and the doctor when I was born refused to give me my Yiddish name. I've had it legally changed.")
POSITION Vocals, fiddle, washboard, jazz piano.
TEAM MEMBERS Conny Nowé (rhythm guitar, driver; keeps band in line); Rachel Melas (stand-up and electric bass); Peter Gillard (Cajun/zydeco accordion, fiddle, vocals); David Pontello (drums, triangle).
ROOKIE YEAR Picked up a fiddle for the first time between ages 38 and 39 at a party. Practised the Tennessee Waltz for a year before attending a camp for Southern music. Discovered a spiritual connection to Louisiana in her soul and started performing within a couple of years.
LEAGUE "Fun and passionate, with extremely infectious and authentic rhythms from Cajun country."
STATS On The Line (forthcoming, November 2007); Black Cat Boogie (2004); Swamperella (2000).
SPECIAL TALENTS Has been painting and making sculpture for over 25 years. Can play guitar almost well enough to accompany her own tunes. Secretly a damn good songwriter.