Wailin' Jennys Find Third Jenny
Posted on December 5, 2004Almost a month after announcing the departure of founding member Cara Luft, The Wailin Jennys' Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody have welcomed a new bandmate. Acclaimed Montreal artist Annabelle Chvostek has joined the award-winning local folk act, returning the Jennys to their trio status and adding an exciting new sound.
Chvostek, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is no stranger to the Canadian music scene. Having established herself in the Montreal music scene in 1997 with a soulful acoustic jazz-pop style, Chvostek gained national attention for her most recent release, Water. Chvostek has shared the stage with the likes of Veda Hille, Kinnie Starr, Martha Wainwright, Tegan and Sara, Penny Lang, and Dar Williams. She has collaborated on projects in video, dance, and music, recently playing shows with roots acts Rae Spoon, Po Girl, and Barleywik. Chvostek was recently in Winnipeg for the 2004 send + receive festival with radio/sound artist Anna Friz performing their collaboration "The Automated Prayer Machine".
"People will hear the same tight harmonies they’ve come to expect from the Jennys," said Mehta of Chvostek's versatile alto voice, in a recent press release from the Jennys' management company. "And they’ll find Annabelle’s work different in a complimentary way. She's a solid, interesting and innovative songwriter, and a strong multi-instrumentalist. We’re really excited about what she’ll bring to the Jennys."
Established solo singer/songwriters in their own right, Moody, Mehta and Luft took a one-off performance with each other at Sled Dog Music and developed it into one of Canada’s most sought-after folk ensembles. The trio released its first full-length CD, 40 Days, on BC’s Jericho Beach in May 2004 to critical and popular acclaim. The Jennys recently took home a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Roots Recording at the awards gala in Calgary in October 2004.
Luft, who is known for her exceptional guitar talent, left the trio in late October to re-establish her solo career.
The new line-up will tour Northern British Columbia in January 2005, and then head to the United Kingdom.