CD Reviews 

Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House 

NICKY MEHTA, RUTH MOODY, and relative newcomer HEATHER MASSE are THE WAILIN’ JENNYS, joined here by virtuoso instrumentalist JEREMY PENNER on fiddle. NICKY MEHTA, RUTH MOODY, and relative newcomer HEATHER MASSE are THE WAILIN’ JENNYS, joined here by virtuoso instrumentalist JEREMY PENNER on fiddle. This is an excellent representation of this world-acclaimed folk and roots music outfit and many of the tracks are concert favourites that have not appeared on any of their previous releases. Recorded at one of America’s oldest vaudeville theatres, this would have been a fabulous concert to attend. Kicking off with a whirling version of Deeper Well, written by DAVID OLNEY, DANIEL LANOIS and EMMYLOU HARRIS, the CD continues with a sublime a capella version of Summertime. These are vocal harmonies to die for and the live rendition of LEADBELLY’s Bring Me a Li’l Water Silvy is another highlight. The ladies are no instrumental slouches either, playing a wide range of acoustic instruments. Amongst their original material are fine versions of GILLIAN WELCH and DAVID RAWLINGS One More Dollar and JANE SIBERRY’s Calling All Angels. A must-have for existing fans and a fabulous introduction for latecomers. Shock Records CTX509CD