Ô PAON

So, I logged in to Facebook – to try and catch up on shenanigans from the weekend; to see what my nearest and dearest had been up to. I have the good fortune to follow Dylan Carlson on Facebook – the legendary guitarist from Earth. This post from him made me stop in my tracks –

I had the good fortune to see Ô PAON when she supported Earth at The Brudenell back when they were promoting Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II in 2012 – simply the best gig I have ever been to.

Ô PAON stole the show for me. To be honest, I did not know anything about her before seeing her. At first I thought she was crew as she slipped on to the stage and fiddled with something on the floor. What she was fiddling with on the floor was a looping pedal – she picked up her stratocaster guitar and gave a soul-piercing performance. It felt like it was just me and her in the room. I am unsure if I breathed the whole performance. It was mesmerising.

I did not know that Geneviève Elverum was ill. Geneviève died on July 9, 2016. She was my age.

She was born in Loretteville, Quebec and later lived in the Pacific Northwestern United States. She was married to musician Phil Elverum, the leader of the indie rock groups The Microphones and Mount Eerie. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, shortly after the birth of her and Elverum’s only child. In June 2016, a GoFundMe account was set up by Elverum to assist with their finances.

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