The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin' Jennys are a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk trio from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and New York, and they consist of soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta and alto Heather Masse. Recently, the Jennys have also toured with fiddler and mandolinist Jeremy Penner, who is from Ruth's former band, Scruj MacDuhk. The Wailin' Jennys have released several albums and tour regularly through North America and Europe. The group is also often featured on the American Public Media program, A Prairie Home Companion. Their album, Firecracker, made it to the number two spot on the Billboard Bluegrass charts, in 2006. The group's name is a pun on the country singer Waylon Jennings. Luft left, in 2004, to pursue her solo career and was replaced by Annabelle Chvostek, a singer/songwriter from Montreal. At the 2005 Juno Awards, the group won Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) for their 2004 album 40 Days. In 2007, Chvostek left the group and was replaced by Heather Masse, a Maine-born singer with a background in jazz and blues, as well as folk, who also fronts the Brooklyn-based Heather & the Barbarians. All of the members of the Jennys maintain solo careers, in addition to their efforts with the group.

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