Never Give Up
From tangy funk to deep bottomed Latin grooves, from Middle-eastern trance to rock and soul, SisterMonk is one of the hottest emerging funk-rock acts today. Since the birth of SisterMonk in 1999 Kathleen Deane's sultry, soulful vocals and djembe-drumming prowess have alchemically combined with Jody Rubel's rhythm guitar. Raised by Irish immigrant parents in NYC Kathy was heavily influenced by traditional Irish folk music. It wasn't until she moved out west as a young woman that she found new inspiration in the strong female voices of independent musicians, most notably Ani DiFranco and locally, Joules Graves. After studying cultural anthropology, guitarist Jody Rubel was inspired to initiate his own progressive, cultural experiment through songwriting and performance. Jody draws musical and lyrical inspiration from Peter Gabriel, Jorge Ben Jor and the music of Bahia Brazil, William Blake, tantric yoga, dialectics and world religion. Joining the songwriting duo and adding to SisterMonk's distict sound are Bennet Pullen on bass (also performs with country-rock band Nathan Chance), Grant Schroff on drums (also performs with nu-jazz/funk group The Jake Shaw Trio) and Scott Den Adel on lead guitar. SisterMonk has appeared at a variety of prominent venues on both east and west coasts. East coast venues include The Knitting Factory, Open Center, LeBarBat's, SUNY New Paltz (opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead), Tower Records and Border Books. Pacific Northwest venues include the NW Folklife Festival, Seattle Hempfest, Rolling Thunder Democracy Tour (opened for Zap Mama), Nectar, Jazzbones, Evergreen St. College, Bastyr U., Humboldt State U., and numerous other clubs and venues in the area. They have been featured on radio shows such as "The Beat" with Dave Beck - KUOW 94.9FM (NPR), KBCS's "Roots and Branches" segment and KSER 90.7FM's "The Sunlit Room."