What the heck is a Porch Chop?
Acoustic vocal group bringing the songs you love from 60's and 70's
Born out of the need to keep bringing people live music during the pandemic, the lead singers, Nancy Herb, Ken Kirschner, and Marlee Walchuk from the popular, 12 piece, "Souled Out" Band, created an acoustic project that could easily be performed in backyards and on porches.
It was a time none of us will forget. Countries closing borders, fear and isolation, we thought it was only temporary, but it would be two and half years before the world began looking like anything we recognized.
We couldn't wait.
Realizing that if we learned music we loved, that sounded good acoustically, had a small but powerful sound system and could play outdoors...we could be the safest act in town!
So the PORCH CHOPS were born.
We are constantly adding new material but here are some of the songs we can play at your next event!
Summer Breeze - Seal and Croft
Helplessly Hoping-Crosby, Stills and Nash
Seven Bridges - The Eagles
Ventura Highway - America
Wild World - Cat Stevens
Never Been to Spain - 3 Dog Night
Southern Cross- Crosby, Stills and Nash
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Our House - CSN
Absolutely Right - 5 Man Electrical band
Raised on Robbery - Joni Mitchell
We Just Disagree - Dave mason
Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders
Happy Together - The Turtles
Cecilia- Simon and Garfunkel
Woodstock- Crosby, Stills and Nash
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Patio Lanterns - Kim Mitchell
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Wasted on the Way - Crosby, Stills and Nash
My Old School - Steely Dan
Tracks of My Tears - Linda Ronstadt
For What it's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
California Dreaming- Mamas and Papas
Shower the People - James Taylor
Brandy - Looking Glass
Me and Julio - Simon and Garfunkel
Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
Crazy Love - Poco
You Don't Matter Anymore - Linda Ronstadt
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse
My Maria - B.W. Stevenson
About the Chops
Nancy has had extensive background in radio voice over, television, and the stage. In her past, Nancy has performed in numerous musicals throughout the years and on the boards of TUTS, Arts Club Theatre, and Playhouse theatre.
In years gone by when not performing in a musical Nancy sang and performed in bands. Nancy is a singer songwriter. Her musical contribution of original material can be heard out of the mouths of babes (her students) and her much loved musical group, Calamity Jane.
Nancy's passion for music, singing, and performing continues with her love of R&B and Souled Out.
Weaned on music of the 60's and 70's from older siblings, it’s no surprise that I have ended up singing with Souled Out and the Porch Chops. I’ve spent my life in show business.
Many bands, (Jude,The Visitors, NightWing, Mistress, Syntax, Marlee & The Thompson Brothers, The Diggers, Stix Shock & Rock, Safari, Sugarbeach) 3 original music CD’s, tours of Germany, Canada, the U.S., years of singing on commercials and television, The Jim Byrnes Show, Music, Music, Music, The Irish Rovers, The Fame Game and even doing convention work with Michael Buble.
I had a national hit country song in the mid 80's called God Bless the Woman and was nominated for 5 BCCMA awards. If only I knew then what I know now about marketing.
I've opened for Carole Pope, Ace of Base, The Northern Pikes, Thomas Dolby, Pursuit of Happiness, the Headpins. I was a bit spoiled playing the Vancouver Coliseum 3 times before I was 17. Ten years of professional live theatre, the long-running Angry Housewives, 18 Wheels, Little Shop of Horrors, Four Strong Winds, to name a few, which I still do. I’ve loved it all. Nominated for many awards and even won some of them.
Currently, I'm an actor in film and TV in Bad Seed Returns, So Help Me Todd, Honor Society, Creepshow, Ivy and Bean, Limetown, Making Spirits Bright and yes, I'm that laughing woman from the Poise commercial.
First exposure to music was sax lessons as a young kid in the northern BC town of Fort St John where I grew up. Played baritone sax and then flute in the high school concert and jazz band (talk about both ends of the scale), then picked up a guitar somewhere around age 14 inspired by the likes of Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Jim Croce etc., leading to performing and writing in the singer/songwriter genre which is something I still do today.
I moved down to Vancouver in the late 70’s to pursue a musical career, doing solo work around various pubs and at the same time studying voice and singing with the BC Boys Choir, where I was the tenor soloist. Soon after met Geoff Gibbons and formed Silverlode, and after completing a 6-month stint in Australia, came back to Vancouver to record our first EP which contained the song Sky High that was played on radio stations across Canada and received critical acclaim.
We followed that up with a full-length album that won Best Independent Release at the West Coast Music Awards in 1983 among nominees such as the Payolas. This led to all kinds of great gigs, lots of touring, radio, and TV stuff like the Jimmy Ferguson Show and the Fame Game on CBC, regular appearances on CKVU’s The Vancouver Show, and a spot on the couch on The Alan Thicke Show. We also were invited to play some opening sets for the likes of The Little River Band and Leo Sayer at the Orpheum, David Crosby, the McGarigle Sisters, Levon Helm and Rick Danko at the Commodore, Emmylou Harris at Expo Theatre – oh the memories!!! It was great while it lasted.