Sari Lightman (left), Sojourner Truth and Romy Lightman will have you under their spell at the Music Gallery.
GHOST BEES with TIMBER TIMBRE and DORIT CHRYSLER at the Music Gallery (197 John), Thursday (February 12), 7 pm. $10 or pwyc, tickets at door only.
Drop by the home of Sari and Romy Lightman and you'll stumble across the following: crystal balls, white rats, bones, sea glass, old spoons, dog teeth, clamshells, masks, sage wands, locks of hair, birch bark, beeswax and arrowheads.
The 24-year-old twin sisters who make up Ghost Bees cultivate an eccentric image, and it complements the eerie, ethereal folk music they create. Tasseomancy (Youth Club), their debut disc, teems with swooping vocal harmonies, creaky strings, harp-like guitars and lyrics inspired by their matrilineal great-great-grandmother, who lived in a Russian village and survived pogroms.
"Our music can only be what we are," Sari says. "Two weird sisters, one bovine-eyed, one braided."
It's not an easily digestible package, yet Ghost Bees have made waves in Halifax, where they spent the last seven years, and are amassing fans across Canada thanks to constant touring. (FYI, they keep the discomforts of the road at bay with magic potions and herbal tea.) Recently, they moved back to their hometown of Toronto.
"The East Coast has been the birthing place for our creative selves," Sari says. "We've left for the time being, but I envision my older self with a long grey braid living by the South Shore, drinking lavender tea." Romy, too, feels Halifax holds her heart. "Home now is a long, long road," she says, "with an occasional stopover in our parents' basement."
Next on that long road is Thursday's Wavelength anniversary show, followed by tours in southern Ontario and Europe.