The three sisters live a very old-fashioned life and travel around in their battered old Morris Minor performing musical covers. These are performed with their own special panache using tubas, musical saws and a 60's reed keyboard, not to mention a whole host of other bizarre instruments that pop up from time to time like toliet brushes and kitchen pots.
The Kransky Sisters tell offbeat and occasionally macabre stories and accompany these stories with strangely relevant covers of popular songs.
Arva, who first toured with the family band, has now joined the Hornbell Military Marching Band. Dawn, the youngest sister, has taken leave from her job as trolley librarian at the Esk Hospital and now tours in Arva's place. The sisters wear the same clothes, and Mourne and Eve speak with the same mannerisms. Mourne, the eldest, is clearly the matriarch, sternly keeping control of her younger sisters and doing most of the speaking during a concert, while Eve, a vegetarian who harbours secret passions, eerily echoes many of Mourne's phrases, though she has enough independence to occasionally add to Mourne's stories. Arva and Dawn almost never speak.
The songs they play are learnt from listening to the "wireless", and they drive to their concerts in a 1958 Morris Major. Sometimes the songs are incomplete thanks to an interruption in their reception, and the sisters, lacking any normal cultural context, often seem not to fully understand what they're singing about.
This CD contains excerpts from their "We Don't Have Husbands" tour in 2005.
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