We have news that may come as a surprise to many of you;. Annabelle is leaving the band to focus on her solo career. Annabelle joined The Wailiin’ Jennys two years ago and since then we have played 233 shows together and recorded Firecracker, an album we are all very proud of. She has made a big contribution to the band and she will be missed. This upcoming tour to the UK and Spain will be Annabelle’s last with the band. We wish her all the best!
On a happier note, we are pleased to announce the addition of Heather Masse (pronounced Massey) to the Jennys. Heather is a New York-based singer who is steeped in both bluegrass and jazz traditions. She is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England conservatory of music and has performed with The Wayfaring Strangers, Joy Kills Sorrow Music and Heather & The Barbarians. Heather will be joining us after the upcoming UK tour and we will hit the road on April 12th. We look forward to beginning this next chapter of The Wailin’ Jennys with her. We have some exciting things planned for the spring and will be releasing a brand new track featuring the new line-up very soon, so be sure to stay tuned in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, as a result of this change, we have had to re-schedule eight shows in the United States. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Details new dates (originally scheduled from February 21 to March 3rd in Park City UT, Napa CA, San Rafael CA, Rockland ME, Manchester NH, Barrie VT, and Westport CT ) are available on the tour page. The Las Vegas show has yet to be re-scheduled.
In the meantime, we are looking forward to crossing the pond once again. This promises to be a very exciting tour, with the addition of fiddler Jeremy Penner to the line-up. It will also include our very first appearance in Spain and a performance alongside Roseanne Cash and Phil Cunningham (as well as other notable artists) at the venerable Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. We are thrilled to be playing at this legendary festival.
And finally, although it seems hard to believe, this weekend marks the 5th anniversary of the The Wailin’ Jennys! It has been an incredible five years and we would like to thank you, as always, for your continued support. We feel truly honoured to be able to share our music with you and we look forward to many more years of harmony and song.
Ruth and Nicky
P.S. – For more information on Annabelle’s upcoming solo shows and more, you can visit www.annabelle.org.