Swinging into Spring –The Wailin’ Jenny’s Back from Sabbatical

Wailing Jennies
Wailing Jennies

The Wailin’ Jennys (WJ) returned with a tour and studio album. The musicians took a sabbatical at the end of 2008 and during that time-out, WJ co-founder Nicky Mehta gave birth to twin sons, the “token American in the group” Heather Masse recorded a solo album titled Bird Song (released on Red House Records) and made multiple appearances on National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion. The Wailin’ Jennys released Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in 2009 which gave their current and future fans an earful of a WJ live experience.

The Wailin’ Jennys played North American dates starting in February 2010, and this April it kicks off a two-month North American tour (followed by appearances at music festivals), and releases its third studio album (still untitled) to be released on Red House Records. The Wailin’ Jennys will also appear on the Prairie Home Companion show, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington on March 27, 2010. The Canadian-American trio returns to the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, Washington on April 10, with two shows, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

According to a press release, The Wailin’ Jennys combine three extraordinary voices with “heart-stopping harmonies” that “make new songs feel traditional and old songs sound brand new.” Dirty Linen, the foremost US-based folk and world music magazine, has called The Jennys “one of the most exciting and polished acts in folk music.” The group is returning to the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon during this year’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for the first time since their sold-out concert in April 2008.

Members of The Wailin’ Jennys are soprano Ruth Moody (guitar, banjo, accordion, bodhran), mezzo-soprano Nicky Mehta (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, percussion), alto Heather Masse (upright bass), and instrumentalist Jeremy Penner (fiddle and mandolin).

WJ’s spring tour crisscrosses the US and Canada through May.

The Wailin’ Jennys Tour Dates

March 27, 2010
Paramount Theatre – A Prairie Home Companion
911 Pine Street,
Seattle, WA

April 08, 2010
Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue,
Portland, OR
Time: 8:00 PM

April 09, 2010
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
10020 SE 256th Street,
Kent, WA
Time: 7:30 p.m.

April 10, 2010
Lincoln Theatre
712 South First Street,
Mt. Vernon, WA
Time: 3pm/8pm

April 11, 2010

San Juan Community Theater
100 Second Street,
Friday Harbor , WA
Time: 7:30 PM

April 14, 2010
Guilford College
Dana Auditorium, 5800 W. Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC
Time: 7:30pm

April 15, 2010

Fletcher Theater
Progress Energy Center Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC
Time: 8pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT

April 16, 2010

Lucas Theatre
32 Abercorn Street,
Savannah, GA
Time: 8pm

April 20, 2010

The Birchmere
3701 Mt. Vernon Avenue,
Alexandria , VA
Time: 7:30 PM

April 21, 2010

Sellersville Theater
Main and Temple Streets,
Sellersville, PA
Time: 8:00 pm

April 22, 2010

Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street,
Tarrytown, NY
Time: 8:00 PM

April 23, 2010

Calvin Theatre
19 King Street,
Northampton, MA
Time: 8pm

April 24, 2010

Lebanon Opera House
51 North Park Street,
Lebanon , NH
Time: 7:30 PM

For more tour dates visit The Wailin’ Jennys’ website http://www.thewailinjennys.com


Author: PatriciaHerlevi

Patricia Herlevi is a former music journalist turned music researcher. She is especially interested in raising music consciousness. She is looking for an agent and publisher for her book Whole Music (Soul Food for the Mind Body Spirit). She founded and hosts the blog
The Whole Music Experience and has contributed to World Music Central since 2003.


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