Who? From where?
Betty Supple was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in the small village of F’realtown nearby. These places are on and around the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Huron-Wedat Peoples. Betty is an auntie, a godmother, a musician, clown, daughter, sister, granddaughter, human being. She is a descendent of Scottish, English, Welsh, and Irish ancestors, who came over to Turtle Island, (aka North America) in the 16 and 1700s.
Whimsical winds whisked her away to the west coast 10 years ago and when not on the road, Betty’s been living in and around the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish, and Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, as well as inland on Sinixt territories.
Betty is a songwriter and performer who plays half-time, hip hop inspired mandolin, rich, raw keys and some folk, jazz guitar with beat box vocalizations, as a solo musician or inside one of her collaborative projects.
She has been making heart invoking, fancy tickling, sultry and dance around music across Canada for the last decade, delivering her version of cheeky, soulful folk, remixing beats inside her body and boxing them out with melodic poetry.
She’s toured venues and festivals from west to east coast and back on her own and with bands, including Victoria Jazz Fest, ArtsWells, The Field, Surrey Fusion Fest, Surge Fest, Campbell Bay Music Fest, Kispiox Valley, Bella Coola, Jasper Folk Fest, Arts on the Fly, Music on the Mountain, Winterfolk, The Woodstove Festival, Open Streets Festival, Penny Brook Farm Festival, Om Reunion Festival, Folly Fest and Quadrapalooza.
Betty played festivals in the UK this past spring in a collaboration with Dirty Grace and Red Haven including The Owl Festival, Wild Heart Gathering, Colourfest and Hope Fest.
She’s also facilitates vocal workshops that build community and create inviting space for people to feel the juiciness that is a big choir of voices with grooves, harmonies and playful space for a good ol’ fashioned time, whether or not participants have experience with singing. Betty has offered these workshops at numerous festivals and events over the years.
She is excited to relaunch her solo styles and new collaborations in the coming year after spending the past 7 years working, recording, touring with her band Dirty Grace.