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The Wailin’ Jennys

Last year on Labor Day weekend, Snowman and I were driving back from a Nearby but Not Adjacent New England State after taking #1 Son back to college. We listened to Prairie Home Companion, and we heard the amazingly gorgeous harmonies of three women from Canada, The Wailin’ Jennys. (You have to love that name, don’t you?)

Today I went to the mall to hear The Princess sing at a charity event. Big Dreamer, a Sunday School friend, had invited her to sing in a band, and after the third girl couldn’t participate, The Princess recruited Call My Cellphone. They only managed one rehearsal in person, and the whole event smelled like disaster from a grown-up perspective. They have a child’s keyboard and a 3/4 size pink guitar and a snare drum. They are young, and they sound it. They planned to sing a "rock" version of Do-Re-Mi, and an arrangement of Amazing Grace that involved a round, and an original song of Big Dreamer’s. But last night I went to collect The Princess and CMC from Big
Dreamer’s house, and I heard such a sweetness in their voices as they
sang together, I came away with hope.

This morning there were a few technical difficulties, but the small crowd that stopped by the stage at Macy’s was receptive and encouraging, and once they were near a microphone, they sounded terrific!

Now they are upstairs plotting their musical future (with a little bit of giggling and squealing, too).


This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

~Ruth Moody, "One Voice," The Wailin’ Jennys 

13 thoughts on “The Wailin’ Jennys”

  1. Oh, I love the Wailing Jennys! We saw them at the Vancouver Folk Festival last year. They were recently on Vinyl Cafe (a Canadian radio show broadcast also in Seattle) too.
    And mazal tov to the Princess and her band on their success, and their dreams!

  2. I listened to the Wailin’ Jennys on their web site. They also have a presence on myspace. I have heard them on PHC before, however, listening to their CD selections makes me really really really want to get their CD.
    I agree with what Juniper said!

  3. I saw the Wailin’ Jennys last night, in front of 850 folks in their hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. Great show, I knew all the songs by heart, having seen them many times. I also know Nicky and Ruth, having been a fan since seeing their very first gig at Sled Dog music, about 5 years ago.

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