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Every Little Once in a While 

Every little once in a while I hear something that changes everything, when all the right forces and elements combine into a truly beautiful, clear and true musical experience The Wailin’ Jennys Sled Dog Music Jan. 18 & 19, 2002

Every little once in a while I hear something that changes everything, when all the right forces and elements combine into a truly beautiful, clear and true musical experience.

The first performance of The Wailin’ Jennys, the newly unveiled trio project of Nicky Mehta, Cara Luft and Ruth Moody (formerly of Scruj MacDuhk), was certainly an event of this kind. Anyone familiar with the folk music scene in Manitoba and Canada generally certainly knows that each of these women is a successful, talented and progressive artist in their own right, but the confluence of these three is a phenomenon in the making. I don’t tell people to mark my words often, but this time it would be well advised. The Jenny’s played to a crowded room in the tiny Sled Dog Music Store and Cafe, displaying amazing acapella harmonies, remarkable instrumental skills on guitar, mandolin, keyboard, flute, and drums, a respectful well-honed knowledge of! traditional music, terrific original songs and a few playful covers including Kim Mitchell, Scott Dibble, Led Zepplin, The Waterboys and more.

Currently working hard on their individual music careers, the Wailing Jennys are a busy group of touring pros who I’m sure will come together every little once in a while, and the simplest and most telling thing to say about their new project together is that I’ll be there next time they play and you shouldn’t miss it.