photo by Kiki Yee

the band

Kathryn Sutherland formed blue dirt girl in 2015 with fellow East Vancouver musicians Albert Klassen and Jason Overy.

With a sound that moves from jazzy swing to pop to psychedelic rock and back again, blue dirt girl pulls it all together with Kathryn’s soulful vocals and the solid musicianship of Albert and Jason.

In August 2016 blue dirt girl released their debut album Crazy Beautiful. The band continues recording and releasing fresh singles and videos.

blue dirt girl performs as a trio or duo. With extensive experience, individually and as a band, blue dirt girl plays all manner of venues and events, from living room house concerts, festival stages, and Via train cars to outdoor winery shows, art openings, bars and brewhouses.

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duo or trio

duo

AMPLIFIED – Kathryn on lead vocals/fender strat and Albert on stand up/electric bass and vocals.

Curling with Jack | We Love You Tom

ACOUSTIC – Kathryn on lead vocals and acoustic guitar and Albert on stand up bass/mandolin and vocals.

Bled and Paid | Big Open Sky

photo by Kiki Yee

trio

AMPLIFIED – Kathryn lead vocals/fender strat, Albert on stand up/electric bass vocals and Jason Overy on drums/percussion.

Dark Heart | Stay | Shed a Tear

ACOUSTIC – Kathryn lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Albert on stand up bass and Jason on drums/percussion. Jason easily adjusts his sound level for venue.
HEY

photo by Kiki Yee
photo by Kiki Yee

duo

AMPLIFIED – Kathryn on lead vocals/fender strat and Albert on stand up/electric bass and vocals.

Curling with Jack | We Love You Tom

ACOUSTIC – Kathryn on lead vocals and acoustic guitar and Albert on stand up bass/mandolin and vocals.

Bled and Paid | Big Open Sky

photo by Kiki Yee

trio

AMPLIFIED – Kathryn lead vocals/fender strat, Albert on stand up/electric bass vocals and Jason Overy on drums/percussion.

Dark Heart | Stay | Shed a Tear

ACOUSTIC – Kathryn lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Albert on stand up bass and Jason on drums/percussion. Jason easily adjusts his sound level for venue.
HEY

meet blue dirt girl

Kathryn Sutherland
writes, records and performs with Albert Klassen and Jason Overy

Albert Klassen

bass; mandolin; vocals

Albert Klassen is a Vancouver bass player, mandolin player and mandolin builder. He’s been playing electric bass with Kathryn in Push3 since 2003, but for blue dirt girl he dusted off the stand-up bass, which hadn’t seen action since he played with Natural Elements, Nyetz, and Balzac in the 1980s. He plays mandolin with Nohearums and Illiteratty, and he will be the first to tell you that carrying a mandolin is easier than carrying a stand-up bass. You won’t find him on Facebook, unless it’s a picture of him on someone else’s page.
photo by Kiki Yee

Kathryn Sutherland

founder, vocalist, songwriter; guitarist; producer.

Real. Honest. Sad. Funny.
Kathryn's lyrics are a reflection of moving through life's light and dark.
Through her music, Kathryn unearths, unbuttons and examines all of her conversations. Whether they're in-depth talks or brief exchanges, conversations are how we reach out to others and connect the disconnected.
A promise to herself and one other, "because i said i would" was the impetus for the creation of Blue Dirt Girl in 2015.
It's also the through line and philosophy for everything Kathryn does, from booking Trio/Duo band shows to producing and headlining multi-disciplinary shows to organizing and playing in fundraisers for local non profits.
When not fronting Blue Dirt Girl, Kathryn sings, plays and writes with Vancouver based indie band Hello(again). Prior to forming Blue Dirt Girl, she created and performed for 20 years with East Vancouver Art Pop band Push3.
"because i said i would"
photo by Debra Matwychuk

Jason Overy

drums; percussion

To sum up Jason Overy as a formally trained percussionist is to give him short shrift. He grew up in Victoria playing with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. He’s played with jazz, blues, rock, punk, and ska bands. He’s been the musical director for Uzume Taiko for 15 years. He’s a percussion section leader for the band of the Fifteenth Field Regiment RCA. He’s collaborated with contemporary dance and theatre groups. He’s even collaborated with DOA frontman, Joey Shithead. And on top of all of that, he found time to get a fourth-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate-do and a second-degree black belt in Kokodo Jujutsu. So don’t be giving him short shrift!
photo by Kiki Yee