Monday, September 17, 2018

Hanneke Cassel with Tristan Clarridge and Christopher Lewis on Friday, October 12

Effervescent and engaging, Boston based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades."Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel's playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and India.

Hanneke's latest release, Trip to Walden Pond, features an all-star cast of musicians - including Mike Block, Jeremy Kittel, Keith Murphy, Christopher Lewis, Dave Wiesler and piper Samppa Saarnen. This new album carries a deep soulful sound with songs of celebration and farewell. Influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish fiddle music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the Scottish tradition.

On October 12 at 8:00, Ms Cassell will perform with Tristan Clarridge on cello and Christopher Lewis on guitar. Please RSVP to: Together with Hanneke and her group, we will launch this year's house concert season.  Hope to see you here.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

David Dodson at the Jenkins' on Friday, April 27th

David Dodson writes great songs that run the gamut of American styles-folk, rock, blues, jazz and country. They cover a variety of topics and range from poignant to hilarious. He plays a mean guitar, tells a good story, sings like a bird, and he's got rhythm. Who could ask for anything more?
He has shared the stage with K D Lang, Bill Staines, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Gordon Bok, Dougie MacLean, The Persuasions, Greg Brown, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Sha Na Na, Chicago, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. He was a winner of the "New Folk" contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

For information or reservations please contact Sandy at: Details and a confirmation will be sent to you upon request.
This concert had to be postponed until next season. Hope to see you then!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Low Lily CD Release Concert on Friday, April 6th


The Brattleboro, VT-based trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music, creating a unique brand of acoustic music that is rooted yet contemporary. Low Lily is Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle). They are all masterful players, composers and arrangers with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. The members have toured with such luminaries as Livingston Taylor, Solas, Ruth Moody, and many more. Together as Low Lily, these seasoned musicians bring their considerable strengths, experience and history together to create an undeniably rich and versatile musical palette. Low Lily was voted #1 Most Wanted at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY), and have had two #1 songs on international folk radio.

Low Lily releases their new full-length album “10,000 Days Like These”, which features the playing of Dirk Powell, Corey DiMario, Greg Liszt, Duncan Wickel, and Stefan Amidon, and is already receiving widespread airplay.

"(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing..." –No Depression

Please RSVP for reservations and details

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Rosie Newton and Richie Stearns on March 17th

Rosie Newtown and Richie Stearns are at the center of a real old-tyme scene in Ithaca, New York. I first heard her fiddling as part a duo, The Pearly Snaps, with my daughter, Stephanie Jenkins. Not only is she a marvelously dextrous fiddler, pulling a huge variety of syncopated rhythms out of old-time bowing, but she's also a ferocious fiddler, tearing into each fiddle tune. On their duo album, Tractor Beam, she's playing with songwriter/clawhammer banjo master Richie Stearns. Stearns is justifiably well known for his work with The Horse Flies, an alternative band with strong folk ties that was huge in the 90s. He's also toured extensively with Natalie MacMaster and Bela Fleck, scored an album for Pete Seeger, and worked with folks as diverse as David Byrne, Tuvan throat singers, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Tractor Beam is a blend of original and traditional, from a fiddle tune Rosie wrote ("Take It or Leave It") to three new songs from Stearns ("Ribbons & Bows", "I Am With You Always", "Tractor Beam"), even a Townes Van Zandt cover, which Newton sings in her pure ballad style. Her voice is high and soft, and crackles with the fragility of an ice sheet. It's beautiful singing! Stearns brings an element of worldliness to the music on this album, with a voice tinged by long experience, and a kind of weariness to his singing that draws in the listener. The traditional material here is rendered impeccably, from the straight-ahead versions of "Say Darling Say" and "Willow Garden" (oh and listen to their harmonies on those songs.....), to the wonderful Clyde Davenport tune "Lost Goose" and the always classic "Trouble in Mind." Stand-out track "Shirt Tail Boogie" features the lost art of clawhammer fiddling (inspired by the great Fred Cockerham), and it's great to hear Old Crow Medicine Show alum Willie Watson ripping it up on the last two songs, Ruben's Train and Hangman's Reel.

All told, Tractor Beam brings a lot of lift and life to the old traditions. This CD and others will be available at our house concert on March 17th.

Please RSVP to to reserve a seat, or just for further information. Details will be sent after email contact. Thanks and hope to see you there!

This concert is sold out. See you next time on April 9 for Low Lily.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Martin Grosswendt & Susan Salem-Schatz, February 3

Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together, with soul that comes from deep within. Together, they explore the highways and byways of American traditional and vernacular music, from pre-war blues, old time and jug band to jazz standards, honky tonk and contemporary gems.  Their fans revel in the powerful mix of genres the duo embraces in their performances, crossing time and space with grace and a touch of wry humor.
Martin is a multi-instrumentalist, internationally known as an inspirational interpreter of pre-war blues and other southern roots music.  His extraordinary instrumental skills are matched by his powerful, soulful vocals.  Musical partner Susanne is a remarkable singer, adding rock solid rhythm, a keen ear for harmony, and dynamic interpretations of songs old and new.  Together they demonstrate the exponential power of two.  Martin and Susanne’s harmonies work magic on songs both sweet and slow and rough and rowdy, with a vocal alchemy that touches listeners deeply.  These musicians were meant to sing together. Martin and Susanne have created strong connections with audiences since they began touring together in 2014.  They recently released their first CD, Old Songs, New Hats.

We hope you will be there to welcome these two outstanding musicians to their second Jenkins' House Concert. For details and reservations please contact Sandy at

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Katie McNally Trio on Saturday, January 20th

The Katie McNally Trio

“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA" (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American traditional music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. Based in Boston, her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.

The trio's brand-new album The Boston States reinvigorates and reimagines the historic musical connection between Maritime Canada and the Northeast United States. Under the guidance of producer Wendy MacIsaac (Beolach, Mary Jane Lamond), McNally has curated a collection of tunes that will draw inspiration from mid-century recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers both in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts and be sculpted by the creative energy of the modern Boston acoustic music scene. Recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios earlier this year, the album is slated for release in Summer 2016.

Nimble keyboard work, achingly lush string harmonies, and driving dance tunes define the unmistakable sound of the Katie McNally Trio. For more information, dates, and contact information, visit the website below.

Please contact Sandy at: Details and information will be sent upon request.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Moira Smiley and Jayme Stone Folklife on January 13th

8:00 PM
Moira threads her powerful voice through original songs and the folk-songs that inspire her. Her guests will be Irish multi-instrumentalist / founder of SOLAS, Seamus Egan, mandolinist / composer / 9 Horses founder, Joe Brent and singer/instrumentalist, Ali Dineen. Moira will also be joined by members of Jayme Stone’s Folklife for her set. Moira will accompany herself on banjo, accordion and piano.

Moira Smiley travels the world as a performer and song collector. Her earliest influences were American shape-note hymnody, Irish and Russian folksongs and the piano music of Bach, Bartók and Debussy. In her late teens, she began traveling to learn songs – sitting at the knees of traditional singers in the UK, Ireland and Europe. She taken her voice, accordion and banjo across the planet, touring with artists like tUnE-yArDs, SOLAS, Billy Childs, The Lomax and Folklife Projects, KITKA, Theatre Of Voices and The Lyris String Quartet. She’s become a well-known choral composer, with millions of singers singing her work worldwide, and premieres including The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Lux Aeterna” in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. She’s been featured on BBC Radio 3, at TED Conferences, NPR, PBS and ABC Australia's "Books & Art" program. Moira has received praise from Billboard to Gramophone for her voice and writing.


Jayme Stone - banjo/vocals, Moira Smiley - vocals/accordion, Sumaia Jackson - fiddle/vocals, Joseph Phillips - bass/vocals

Stemming from the Lomax Project, Jayme Stone’s Folklife treats old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation. Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners. Their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive, and participatory experiences that prove folk songs are indeed perennials for the people. The new album is out now on Borealis Records.

Please RSVP to We are located on the upper west side of Manhattan. Details will follow with your reservation. This concert is sold out. We have standing room only at this point with a cancellation list.