Ghostly Hounds

“Like the siren enchanting the sailor into the depth, Francesca’s voice may drown you, but what a sweet death it will be.” 

– Naked Underground, Montreal 

Ghostly Hounds (they/them) takes old-time into the punk/goth realm in a unique project led by vocalist and banjo player Francesca Mirai accompanied by Finn Letourneau on fiddle and vocal harmonies. Their material is a blend of traditional standards and deeply personal originals by Mirai with a focus on themes of love and grief.

With a background in classical, jazz and punk, Francesca is known for powerful low-register vocals who combines a traditional and modern approach to banjo instrumentals. Writes Andrew Balfour of the Georgia Straight:

“Francesca Mirai is not your garden variety punk, and may not be any kind of punk at all— though you wouldn’t know it, judging by appearances. Tattooed, pale and pierced, with an image that suggests goth or industrial subcultures as much as hardcore, Mirai sings (surprise!) folk songs in a classical, quasi-operatic manner, self-accompanying with banjo, sometimes backed with trumpets, strings, or other instruments, especially when with the band Ghostly Hounds. Mirai — whose pronouns are they/them/their — makes music that is ethereal and haunting…”  

Finn is a well-known Victoria violin instructor who has performed in multiple fiddle groups with Cross Canada Fiddle, including the Canadian Folk Music Award-winning Fiddelium. Classically trained in the Suzuki and RCM methods, Finn’s focus is predominantly on Irish music with the band Clanna Morna.

Ghostly Hounds