A Bit About Ourselves
Drawn to folk music from the beginning, both Bob and Jen's musical roots began with a love of tradition. Inspired by the local coffeehouse scene, they picked up their instruments to play in a local contra dance band.
They later migrated to the Irish session scene, where Jen worked on learning fiddle tunes and Bob Irish back-up. Jen nurtured her singing with encouragement from many sources as well as Liz Simmons' and Shannon Heaton's Irish Song Circle class.
Jen and Bob's duo work has matured into a blend of sweet folk music with Jen's pure vocal tone layered upon the textured sound of Bob's guitar work. Their tunes are trad Irish in the "pure drop" style.
Though classically trained on violin, Jen has in recent years immersed herself in traditional fiddle styles, including Irish and Cape Breton. She counts as her musical mentors: Becky Tracy of the Vermont- based group Nightingale and Irish fiddler Laurel Martin. Jen's songs encompass traditional songs from the British Isles, American ballads as well as contemporary folk songs.
Bob is a long-time multi-instrumentalist who began his career playing bass for
the popular folk/bluegrass band Old Cowboy Death. These days he's found his role in a duo with his wife, backing her songs. He's now added bouzouki to his list of instruments and accompanies Jen in several traditional music styles including Irish and Cape Breton.
As well as being active session players on the north shore, Bob and Jen have played regularly at the First Saturday Contra Dance in Salem and have performed at the Irish Connections Festival, Rockport First Night, The Boston Celtic Music Festival, Salem Maritime Festival and Salem Arts Festival. Bob and Jen organized a benefit concert, Shamrock for HAWC in support of HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) for four years running, featuring some of North Shore's finest celtic musicians. Currently, Bob and Jen, along with Michael O'Leary, run a Celtic music session on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month at the Landing in Manchester-by -the - Sea from 6-9pm. They are in their sixth year of running this successful song and tune session.