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The Wailin’ Jennys | Apr 15

The Wailin' Jenny'sThe Wailin’ Jennys April performance is officially sold out!

Two years ago, the Canadian acoustic trio performed to a sold out house. Back by popular demand this year, the group performs on April 15 in Fletcher Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts as part of PineCone’s 25th Anniversary season. Call 919-664-8302 to add your name to the waiting list in case any tickets become available.

Their new release, Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, captures the magic of their live performances with show-stopping harmonies and dynamic instrumental solos from all three Jennys and their sideman Jeremy Penner, a multi-instrumentalist recognized worldwide for his first-class jazz and bluegrass improvisational style who joins The Jennys on violin and mandolin. Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House has charted in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts since its 2009 release and has earned the band continued critical praise. This new album features 14 songs, including eight previously unavailable on The Jennys albums.

The Wailin’ Jennys began as a happy accident in 2002, when Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Cara Luft played together for a one-time-only performance at a guitar shop in Winnipeg. They had such obvious chemistry on stage and enjoyed themselves so immensely that they decided to pursue this new musical union, forming The Wailin’ Jennys.

Cara Luft left the band to return to her solo career and was replaced by Montreal songwriter Annabelle Chvostek, who recorded and toured with The Jennys for two years before the Brooklyn-based Heather Masse joined the band.

In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys’ released their first full-length album, 40 Days, to great critical acclaim, and in 2005 it won them a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys have exploded onto the international roots music scene, performing at packed venues across North America and throughout the world. Their next CD, Firecracker, was a powerful follow-up to their debut album and found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. It charted for over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts and established The Jennys as the premiere act on today’s folk/roots scene. A favorite at festivals, theaters and clubs, The Jennys have won fans the world over with their engaging stage presence and impressive musicianship.

Although known primarily as an acoustic outfit, The Wailin’ Jennys have a wide range of musical backgrounds that have formed their musical sensibilities.

Soprano Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán), former lead singer of the Juno Award-nominated roots act Scrüj MacDuhk, is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who first came on the scene as an accomplished, versatile singer of traditional and Celtic music. Mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele), who was nominated for a Canadian Music Award for her 2002 solo album Weather Vane, is a trained dancer raised on everything from rock to classical music and heavily influenced by alternative pop. Alto Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) comes steeped in both bluegrass and jazz traditions. She is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and has also performed with the Wayfaring Strangers, Joy Kills Sorrow, and Heather & The Barbarians.

With their varying backgrounds, each of The Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound—all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

  • DATE: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
  • VENUE: Fletcher Theater, Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh
  • TICKETS: PineCone’s Box Office (919) 664-8302, or TicketMaster (919) 834-4000, www.ticketmaster.com
  • PRICE: $28-$30 PineCone Members, $30-$32 General Public
  • EVENT SPONSOR: PineCone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc.
  • INFORMATION: www.pinecone.org

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