Prairie Scene

The largest gathering of Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists ever presented outside the Prairies!

April 26 to May 8, 2011

The Wailin' Jennys / Jill Zmud

May 3, 2011, 7:30pm

National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

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Soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta, and smoky voiced singer/songwriter/bass player Heather Masse are three extraordinary voices. With their incredible vocal harmonies and upbeat folk/roots/bluegrass sound, THE WAILIN’ JENNYS have quickly become festival favourites. They embarked on a blur of activity following the release of their second album, Firecracker, earning a second JUNO Award nomination, the continuation of a relationship with A Prairie Home Companion (Garrison Keillor’s popular National Public Radio show), and a memorable date alongside Rosanne Cash at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

Saskatchewan native Jill Zmud is an old-school romantic telling stories about the world and the heart. She combines rich vocals with instrumentation that includes her late 60s Fender Telecaster, a lonely piano and gospel choir harmonies. Jill’s debut album was described by Culture Magazine as “stark and satisfying... and addictive.”

"[The Wailin' Jennys] Quiet, warm, subtle, mellifluous, almost too good to be true."

The Independent, UK