JOE JENCKS & KAIA FOWLER IN CONCERT
Joe Jencks is an 22-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
Joe's newest Solo CD - Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers - was released May 1st, 2017 - to critical acclaim. The CD has spent several weeks at #1 on Sirius XM's Americana Chart, and was also the #1 CD on the Folk DJ Chart for May, 2017 - with 4 songs in the top 10.
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers chases new musical horizons for Joe Jencks. Honoring his mentor and friend Pete Seeger with the title track, this collection of songs progresses into a wide range of human experience from love and triumph, to tragedy and transformation. With arrangements that showcase sparse acoustic textures alongside Copeland-like orchestral tapestries, this recording reflects the depth of Joes musical knowledge as well as the diversity of his influences. Cinematic in its imagery and scope Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers features largely original songs influenced by Celtic, Blues, Jazz and traditional American Folk styles, interspersed with a handful of carefully chosen covers. Guest artists include: Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey In The Rock), Cathy Fink, Harpeth Rising, Tret Fure, Reggie Harris, Edie Carey, Jon Carroll, Grace Jencks, and more
As a music artist and singer-songwriter, Kaia Fowler creates music that speaks to the soul. Her passion, presence, warmth, and authenticity all invite listeners to open their hearts and transcend the everyday through song. A versatile guitarist with mastery of fingerstyle and strumming techniques, Kaia Fowler is best known for her beautiful voice, often described as having a soothing or healing quality. Her latest album, One Breath, placed on the Folk Alliance International Top Albums of the Month chart for July 2022, receiving radio play from coast to coast in the U.S. and in Canada. For Kaia, who also practices Reiki energy therapy, and serves as a life and wellbeing coach, music creation fits into a larger healing arts ministry. She extends her musical performances beyond stage and studio into communities where she promotes greater wellbeing and a sense of togetherness and Unity. Listeners describe Kaia Fowlers voice and songs as inspiring comfort, courage, and connection. See full bio. . .
Key Music Achievements
Placed on the Folk Alliance International Top 50 Albums of the Month Chart for July 2022
Willy Street Fair, Madison Folk Music Society Stage, 2022
Willy Street Fair, Madison Folk Music Society Folk Stage, 2017 & 2019
Guest artist, Peter Mulvey's Lamplighter Series, 2018 and 2019
Opened for Bill Staines, Madison, Wis., 2019
Opened for Anne Hills, Shawano, Wis., 2018
Opened for Joe Jencks, Madison, Wis., 2017
Finalist 2012 Great River Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
Veterans for Peace, Madison, Wis. Chapter guest artist at State Capitol rally, 2012
Unitarian Church - North (Ver)
13800 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097
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