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The Kransky Sisters

by V. L. Craven

The Kransky Sisters

The Kransky Sisters are a musical group from Esk, in Queensland, Australia. Their names are Mourne, Eve, Arva and Dawn. Arva and Dawn have a different father than Mourne and Eve. Dawn took over tuba duties when Arva went off to join the Hornbell Military Marching Band. More information about their background here.

They live a very sheltered existence, but enjoy listening to music on the wireless and sharing dry, macabre stories before doing their versions of popular songs, which are always oddly applicable to the stories they tell.

I’m pretty sure they were the entertainment at the gathering in The Witches–we just didn’t stick around long enough to see them perform.

Basically, they’re my favourite thing at the mo. It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever wished I lived in Australia.

From their website: In a quiet town in the middle of south east Queensland lives a huddle of strange sisters, whom, in between tending ants, knitting egg warmers, and hanging out cane toad skins to dry, travel around the country performing their popular musical shows to a growing following. With kitchen pot, toilet brush, keyboard, musical saw, tuba, guitar and duelling tambourines these three weird yet endearing spinsters present offbeat covers of songs ranging from Nana Mouskouri and Eurythmics to Talking Heads and The Bee Gees.

The sisters give us a bit more of their biological background in this video before they sing a bit of Highway to Hell:

The Kransky Sisters Banner

Until I learned about them, I had no idea a musical saw sounded so much like a theremin.

They also do hilarious print interviews, where they say things like:

EM: One of your covers ‘Pop Musik’ you heard in a disco at a night called Stark Raving Mad. Did you have a good experience? Would you go out clubbing again?

Kranksys: Those clubs are a bit strange. They look like one big dressing room, but no-one is putting their clothes back on. They are not kept well at all either. There was some sort of electricity problem the night we went to one, because the lights wouldn’t stop flashing on and off. They were faulty. Then there was a terrible screeching, scratching sound and smoke was everywhere. We left straight after we called the fire brigade.

I’ll leave you with a video of an interview:

2 Responses to “The Kransky Sisters”

  1. JULEE Says:

    I am so giddy that you are featuring them here! As soon as I saw my first video, I was hooked. I wish desperately to be able to see them in concert someday. I’m praying to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that you could get an interview with them. How amazing would that be?!

  2. Autodidact Says:

    They don’t seem to come up to our hemisphere very frequently–the boat rides are probably long and arduous.

    And someone would have to send me the guts to even ask to interview them. The Flying Spaghetti Monster, perhaps.

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