LIVE: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Egg, 4/30/15

May 13th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

With a clever band name like the Wailin’ Jennys, you might assume that you’d be in for a rowdy gaggle of gals with guitars pumping out ornery, twangified cow-punk tunes, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Jennys have been “wailin’” for more than a dozen years now, and when they finally made their long-overdue Albany debut at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, they delivered an evening of sublime, subtle, harmony-laden songs that leaned heavily toward the countrified folk end of the musical spectrum.

But it really didn’t matter where the songs came from. The focus was squarely on the intricate intertwining of the three glorious voices of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. All three are exquisite songwriters, and the bulk of their 75-minute concert featured their original songs – highlighted by Moody’s gospel gem “Glory Bound,” the jazzy swing of Masse’s “Cherry Blossom Love” and Mehta’s haunting ballad “Arlington.”

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LIVE: The Wailin’ Jennys @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/26/11

April 1st, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
The Wailin' Jennys

The Wailin' Jennys

The last time the Wailin’ Jennys played in town, bassist Heather Masse, guitarist–percussionist Nicky Mehta and guitarist–accordionist Ruth Moody stepped into the spotlight on a small stage before a small audience at Proctors in Schenectady under the Eighth Step’s banner.

Back then the Jennys’ acoustic mix of roots-Americana, contemporary bluegrass, country, folk and even gospel was just right for the coffeehouse circuit.

Well, it’s almost two years later, and last Saturday night the Wailin’ Jennys were headlining at the Troy Saving Bank Music Hall.

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Ruth Moody, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

March 22nd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Wailin' Jennys

The Wailin' Jennys

“The first thing that comes to mind is Michael Franti & Spearhead, because that’s my brother’s favorite house-cleaning music. I used to live with him, and I always knew that when Spearhead came on it was time to clean.

Now that I don’t live with him, I don’t have access to that record, or I probably would put it on to get me in the mood.”

Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán) and her bandmates Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse in the Wailin’ Jennys step into the spotlight at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday. Tix are $25, $29 and $35; students $15. NOTE: We’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX for the Wailin’ Jennys concert. Just go here.

Win FREE Tickets to See the Wailin’ Jennys @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday

March 21st, 2011, 5:00 pm by Sara

Canadian folk-roots trio the Wailin’ Jennys bring their gorgeous, vibrant three-part harmonies to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for their Nippertown concert debut this Saturday at 8pm. The award-winning, critically acclaimed group has wowed audiences with their music which ranges from the folk sound of their debut album, “40 Days,” to the alt-country and pop-rock songs of their followup, “Firecracker,” to the Americana, pop and traditional folk of their current release, “Bright Morning Stars.”

Each of the three vivacious virtuosos are accomplished musicians in their own right, but when they came together as the Wailin’ Jennys, their sound was greater than just the sum of their parts. Soprano Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who recently released her first full-length solo album, “The Garden.” Mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele), a trained dancer raised on classical music, ’70s AM radio and heavily influenced by alternative pop, was nominated for a Canadian Indie Music Award for her solo album, “Weather Vane.” And alto Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, who has performed in Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and is a regular guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Tix are on sale now priced at $25, $29 and $35; students $15.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to the concert to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations, Pavlos!

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