Sunday, May 7, 2017

Kristin Andreassen, Jefferson Hamer & Shane Leonard on May 20th

This will be Kristen's fifth appearance at a Jenkins House Concert over the past 15 years. This time she will be joined by another house concert alum, Jefferson Hamer, singer, songwriter, guitarist and  newcomer, Shane Leonard, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Kristen is a songwriter and percussive dancer who merges those skills in performances and recordings that are both inventive and deeply rooted in American traditional music. 2015 saw the release of her first studio albumGondolier, with tours supporting Black Prairie, Dawn Landes, Aoife O’Donovan, Mipso and Noam Pikelny. Her debut record Kiss Me Hello included the award-winning “Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes” which went to #1 on kids' radio and has been covered by dozens of artists ranging from Tyne Daly to high school marching bands.

While she's best known for her smart and emotive original lyrics, Kristin got her start in traditional music – she played guitar and fiddle with the groundbreaking stringband Uncle Earl (w/ Abigail Washburn, Rayna Gellert & KC Groves) and danced with the Appalachian clogging ensemble Footworks. She first turned her attention to songwriting with the "folk noir" vocal trio Sometymes Why (w/ Aoife O'Donovan & Ruth Ungar) where her bandmates lovingly dubbed her "the mistress of metaphor". Kristin has a knack for writing songs that explore the darkest corners of the human experience with a gently deceptive simplicity that rewards close listening.

An explorer at heart, Kristin has made her way to Nashville via New York City, Maryland, the Canadian arctic, Cape Breton Island, Montreal and her native Portland, Oregon (in reverse order). When called upon to do so, Kristin calls a great square dance. Please join us for this anticipated evening of acoustic music in the intimate setting of The Jenkins House.

If you are interested in making a reservation for seats on May 20, please email for details. We are located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sarah Bonsignore, pianist, singer, songwriter on Sat. April 29th

Sarah Bonsignore is a South African American singer/songwriter who teaches music full time at the Trinity School in Manhattan. She received her Bachelor’s in piano performance from the University of Natal, South Africa, and her Masters in vocal performance from Mannes College of Music, New York. Sarah is a member of NSAI, and visits Nashville at every opportunity to co-write, perform, workshop and record. Sarah has performed her music at multiple venues including The Bitter End, Rockwood, The Duplex and Sidewalk CafĂ© in New York, and Belcourt Taps and The Country in Nashville. Sarah has two albums on itunes, “New Sky, New Day” and “Catch The Light”, and will be working on her third album this summer. She lives in Tappan with her husband, Steve, and their three young boys.

Lauren Riley Rigby is a cellist living in New York City. A longtime freelancer, she continues to perform in a wide variety of groups while teaching full time. Shortly after finishing her PhD at NYU in 2010, she began directing the orchestra and chamber music program at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. Lauren loves many different genres of music, citing Steve Reich and Tori Amos as two of her biggest influences. She lives in upper Manhattan with her jazz musician husband, their two year-old son, a pug, and two cats.

Nick Depuy, having just graduated from American University majoring in music and literary studies, is an evocative and haunting singer-songwriter-guitarist. Nick boasts a unique sound that is rooted in old time folk, jazz, rock and blues. But his influences do not define him, as he puts his own stamp on rock, pop, and hip-hop in the songs that he writes and sings. Nick was first mentored by the late Paul Leka, the songwriter who co-wrote Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye and discovered Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg. Nick has since opened for hall of fame songwriter Jimmy Webb, Neil Finn of Crowded House, acclaimed trumpet player Kermit Ruffins, Procol Harum, and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Nick also has his first EP "Right on Time" available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. His new album, "Don't Be Sorry," will be released in May of this year. 

Please RSVP; for reservations and details.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards on Saturday, February 25

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and bassist Natalie Bohrn (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow.

The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. Watching them on the main stage at a summer folk festival, or tearing it up late-night at a club, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

Please RSVP; for reservations and details.

This show is sold out as of 2/20/17. See you next time.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Brother Brothers, Saturday, January 28th

"Tugboats" Ep Release January 27

“While they’re technically a new band, The Brother Brothers have been in this together for life, and their familial connection comes through in the music, harkening back to some of the greatest family harmonies ever made. They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease, and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Their ability to pull the listener into their quietly energetic musical journey is a joy to behold. I can’t wait to be out on the road with Adam & David and hear their heart wrenching songs and spot on harmonies night after night!””       — Sarah Jarosz

Rich harmonies and thoughtful songs accompanied by guitar, cello, violin and banjo as only a group like the Brother Brothers can offer. Already established players and composers in a wide spectrum of genres throughout the NY musical circuit, they are finally teaming up to bring their individual experiences together.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Saturday, January 7

The Jenkins House Concert series is happy to bring in the new year with Bruce Molsky's trio, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, on Saturday, January 7th. This newly formed group will be in NYC to present a showcase for APAP - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. She loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and a fresh approach to the trio.  Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Crossing over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops. We hope you'll join us to hear the collaboration of these three fine players!
"Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who 'gets it': has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it" - Mark Knopfler

Please contact for reservations and details. This concert is filling up quickly so please RSVP soon. Note that the start time for this concert is 7:30 and the door opens at 7:00.

This show is sold out as of 12/30/16. See you next time.
Happy New Year 2017

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, on Friday, December 16

Wintersong CD release concert!!

Looking for a little light as the days get darker? Come party with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem as they release WINTERSONG – a Christmas CD that skips the holiday canon and digs up the power and beauty at the roots of this ancient holiday.
Like New Englanders in wintertime, WINTERSONG summons two responses to the dark: reflection and celebration. Hole up and think about your life, then go out and party. The band’s CD release show will feature plenty of both, from danceable, electric guitar- and banjo-driven carols and songs, to hushed Tennyson and Longfellow settings, to fiddle-driven New Year’s shouts from the Georgia Sea Islands and Louisiana. The sum of these parts is a surprising winter journey full of fierce poetry, wild joy and hope for humanity. Hope you can join us.
Please contact for reservations and details.

This show is sold out as of 12/3. See you next time!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hanneke Cassel and Dave Weisler on Friday, Nov. 11th

"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, Dot the Dragon's Eyes, features an all-star cast of musicians - including Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, Jeremy Kittel, Keith Murphy, Christopher Lewis, Dave Wiesler, Ryan McKasson, Cali McKasson Kovin, and Ariel Friedman. 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 music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.

Hanneke will be accompanied by pianist Dave Wiesler who is highly regarded for his rhythmic and innovative playing, his versatility in different styles of music, and his expansive musical imagination. A regular performer for over two decades throughout the mid-Atlantic, Dave is at home in music for contra dance, English dance, Scottish dance, waltz, Viennese and vintage ballroom, classical and romantic music, swing dance, and as a concert and choral accompanist. He has played at numerous music and dance camps and festivals across the country, as well as in Canada, Scotland, England, and France, and his playing and compositions are featured on two dozen recordings.

Please email;, for further information and details.