The Wailin’ Jennys to Perform at the Lucas Theatre
After a yearlong hiatus, acoustic roots group the Wailin’ Jennys After a yearlong hiatus, acoustic roots group the Wailin’ Jennys is once again taking their show on the road.
They will return to the Lucas Theatre on Friday.
The female trio is known for their inspiring three-part harmony.
"We play folk music but it’s colored by pop and Celtic, bluegrass and jazz," said soprano Ruth Moody. "It’s really quite diverse but what threads it together is this three part harmony."
Those harmonies earned the Canadian based group a Juno Award – the Canadian version of the Grammy award – and several appearances on the public radio show Prairie Home Companion.
The Wailin’ Jennys include Moody who also plays the guitar, banjo, accordion and bodhran, mezzo-soprano Nicky Mehta who plays the guitar, harmonica, ukulele and percussion, alto Heather Masse who plays the upright bass and instrumentalist Jeremy Penner who plays the fiddle and the mandolin.
In the year away from the group each "Jenny" – as they call themselves – had a project of their own.
Moody’s new solo album, titled "The Garden," is due out Tuesday, Masse released a solo album "Bird Song" in November and Mehta concentrated on a non-musical project – she had twins.
The eight-months-old twins will be joining the group on this tour, which has the Jennys criss-crossing the country and performing 15 shows in 18 days.
Before the hiatus, the Jennys put out a live album, "Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House." The album gave their fans a little taste of the Jennys while they weren’t on the road, Moody said.
"It’s a very true representation of what we do on stage," she said. "It’s the four of us, no bells and whistles – just basically our acoustic show."
After the break, but before hitting the road, the Jennys returned to the studio working on their fifth, as yet untitled, album. It is expected out in early fall, Moody said.
The newest album will include 12 songs, four from each Jenny.
Moody said the album will be recognizable to their fans, but with a flavor of its own. It showcases some jazz influences from Masse who trained as a jazz singer at the New England Conservatory of Music and a few pop tunes from Mehta along with more pared-down acoustic songs.
"It takes things in a new direction in some ways, but in other ways it’s true to what we’ve done in the past," Moody said. "It has tons of three-part harmony but at the same time it does go in some interesting new directions."