Friday, July 26th • 6:30pm • Main Stage
The 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 Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta along with New York-based Heather Masse continue to create some of the most exciting and exquisite music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically-lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.
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) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist known as an accomplished, versatile singer of traditional and Celtic music and was the lead singer of Juno-nominated roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Red House Records recently released her first full-length solo album The Garden, whose title track was the #4 most played song of 2010 on folk radio. Mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele) is a trained dancer raised on classical music and heavily influenced by alternative pop. She was nominated for a Canadian Indie Music Award for her solo album Weather Vane and most recently became the proud mother of twin boys, Beck and Finn. Alto Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, who has performed in Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and is a regular guest on A Prairie Home Companion. She has also toured with her own band, supporting her 2009 Red House release Bird Song. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys are unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound—all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.
Official website: www.thewailinjennys.com