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The Wailin' Jennys
Sunday February 5, 2023 06:30 PM EST
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: The Canadian vocal trio has been at it for 20 years, singing stripped down folk, amiable gospel, and languid pop — with sugary harmonies that will melt the coldest of hearts. Oddly, despite their name, country is not a major aspect in their mix. It has been six years since their last album. Hopefully, there is new material to introduce during these two sold out shows. — HH
From the venue:ABOUT THE SHOWThe Wailin' Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin' Jennys have grown over the years into one of today's most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.In 2004, The Wailin' Jennys released their first full-length albumÂ 40 DaysÂ to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor's public radio showÂ A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.The Jennys' sophomore album, 2006'sÂ Firecracker, served as a powerful follow-up to their career-making debut. Artistically, the record 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.Â FirecrackerÂ had legs, spending over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts.The trio's 2009 release,Â Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. That landmark live album bottled the lightning of The Jennys' live performances with show-stopping harmonies, impressive instrumental prowess, breathtaking songs and, of course, witty stage banter.
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