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Wailin’ Jennys bring haunting harmonies to Beaver Creek Thursday

The Wailin' Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. The trio started out on the folk scene and have gone on to appeal to the alt-pop, Americana and and traditional folk listeners. They come to Beaver Creek's Vilar Performing Arts Center on March 12.
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Who: The Wailin’ Jennys.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Cost: $48.

More information: Call 970-845-8497 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — Honky-tonk heartbreakers The Wailin’ Jennys perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center today at 7:30 p.m.

Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele), Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhran) and Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) together make the heart-stopping harmonies of The Wailin’ Jennys. Their live performances bottle the lightning of their vocal prowess, impressive instrumental ability, breathtaking songs and, of course, witty stage banter.

“I have been a fan of The Wailin’ Jenny’s since I first heard them on ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’” said Vilar Center Executive Director Kris Sabel. “I was immediately captivated by their beautiful voices and lovely harmonies and knew they would be a perfect fit for the intimacy and acoustics of our venue. I encourage anyone who loves great singing and musicianship to not miss this concert.”

Achingly Perfect Sound

The Wailin’ Jennys are three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown during the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

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In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album “40 Days” to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” The Wailin’ Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.

The Wailin’ Jennys’ sophomore album, 2006’s “Firecracker,” served as a powerful follow-up to their career-making debut. Artistically, the record found The Wailin’ Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. The trio’s 2009 release, “Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House,” spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts.

For their latest album, 2011’s Juno-winning “Bright Morning Stars,” The Wailin’ Jennys joined the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and recorded with award-winning producer Mark Howard. The album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band’s signature harmonies — a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is destined to be a modern classic. Tickets to The Wailin’ Jennys are $48 and are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office. Call 970-845-8497 or http://www.vilarpac.org to purchase tickets.

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