Alix Goolden set to wail

The Wailin' Jennys touring latest studio album

  • Sep. 14, 2011 9:00 a.m.

The Wailin’ Jennys are bringing their powerful voices to the Alix Goolden Hall Sun, Sept. 18.

The Juno-Award winning folk-roots trio made up of the distinct voices of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse is promoting their latest studio album, Bright Morning Stars, named after a traditional Appalachian hymn, which they perform a capella.

The new album, released in February is their first studio album since 2006’s Firecracker. It’s also the first studio album with Heather Masse.

“It feels like a long time coming,” says Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele) “We released a live album with her in 2009 but it’s different to have a studio album. People really love her songs.”

Each of the ladies wrote four songs for the album, on which they sing the lead.

Mehta’s offerings include the opening track, “Swing Low Sail High,” and the mysterious ballad “What Has Been Done.” She also co-wrote the lyrics on “bird Song” with Masse who has a jazz background.

The album has hints of jazz, gospel, pop, Americana and traditional folk.

“It fits in with the other Jennys albums,” says Mehta. “It deals with familiar themes, finding one’s place in the world, navigating the twists and turns in life and not freaking out, and making peace with everything around you as much as you can. It’s consistent with what we’ve done in the past but hopefully it also has enough new flavour for people.”

Bright Morning Stars was co-produced by David Travers-Smith and Grammy nominee Mark Howard, who has also worked with Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan and The Tragically Hip.

The album was recorded in 2009, just four months after the birth of Mehta’s twin boys, who she takes on tour. “We’ve had them on tour with us since they were seven months old,” she says. “It’s a real logistical challenge, it’s a bit crazy and it’s tough but at the same time I wouldn’t do it any other way.” It also helps that Mehta’s partner, Grant, is the band’s sound engineer. “That’s the only way we could have done it. There was a time when I thought it would be impossible,” she says.

Expect to see some fantastic musicianship and hear a mix of older and newer material, including some covers that will be on a soon-to-be released iTunes exclusive EP. “It’s a six-song EP of live-off-the-floor versions of older tunes and new covers recorded in Toronto,” says Mehta. M

Just Posted

Esquimalt artist captures culinary personalities with body art

Mary Ploegsma’s unique chef/tattoo portrait series on display this month in Chinatown café

Jazz bargains available for music lovers this month

Left Coast Jazz Fest offers four-show package deal, extends discount for TD JazzFest ticket holders

WINE NOTES: Wild about the whites

Plenty of reason to try out these affordable whites, writes Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes

Animal-loving comic Carla Collins performing fundraiser show for SPCA

Sellout show June 20 could raise up to $35,000 for Victoria branch of organization

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Getting funky in Fernwood

Eclectic neighbourhood draws many visitors, laid-back feel popular with residents

Rick Mercer-led comedy team in for second Just for Laughs show at UVic

Comedy company will stage two shows Nov. 16 at Farquhar Auditorium

Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Comox Valley hosts celebration of seafood industry; numerous events on tap this weekend

Samoa bans Elton John biopic, Rocketman

Depictions of homosexuality, contrary to law, cause country’s censor to prevent film’s screening

REVIEW: If you like farce, you’ll love Noises Off at Langham Court!

By Sheila Martindale The nine cast members in Langham Court Theatre’s new… Continue reading

Celtic songs tuned up for Sooke coffeehouse

Celtic Reflections to perfrom on June 15

Most Read