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The Wailin' Jennys

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Winnipeg, Canada (2002 – present)

The Wailin’ Jennys is a Canadian folk music trio originating in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their name is a pun on country singer Waylon Jennings. Since forming in 2002 when a local music shop brought together three solo acts for a performance, the trio has released a series of albums, two of which have won Juno Awards, Canada’s top music industry award. Their album “40 Days” won the “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year by a Group” in 2005, as did their album “Bright Morning Stars” in 2012. They were also nominated for the same award in 2007 for “Firecracker”. Over the years, the group has featured regularly on Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion”.

Three extraordinary voices, two founding singer-songwriters, one singular vision: The Wailin’ Jennys continue to evolve into far more than the melodious sum of their individual talents years after blowing in on a fresh acoustic breeze from Canada’s mid-western heartland.

Spurred onward by a growing fan base that swoons at their intuitive harmonies and revels in their engaging stage presence and uplifting repertoire, the Jennys embarked on a giddy blur of activity following the release of their second album, Firecracker, in August, 2006. Numerous head-turning reviews (“quiet, warm, subtle, mellifluous, almost too good to be true,” noted British daily The Independent) greeted a recording produced by David Travers-Smith (Jane Siberry, Harry Manx) and featuring a crew of ace musicians led by guitarist Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, k.d. lang). The trio wooed progressively larger audiences throughout North America while also making successful forays to Australia, the U.K. and continental Europe.

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