Sunday, May 7, 2017
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 Sandilion49@gmail.com for details. We are located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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 Café 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; Sandilion49@gmail.com for reservations and details.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
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; Sandilion49@gmail.com for reservations and details.
This show is sold out as of 2/20/17. See you next time.
Monday, January 23, 2017
"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.