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To recognize the talented Canadian alt-folk, roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys‘ appearance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday, July 30, Jim Thorpe Borough Council President John McGuire will present them with the keys to the city at Soundcheck Records. The store is located 2 blocks from the Opera House, and the event takes place at 5 PM before the show.

It’s a great opportunity to meet a charming and deeply talented group that regularly performs on Garrison Keillor’s popular A Prairie Home Companion. Their 8:30 show at the Opera House will mark their first return to town since the release of their classic 2009 live album, Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Amazingly the album was recorded in one take, on the occasion of an August 2008 concert. One of the classic tunes is Calling All Angels, an oft-interpreted Jane Siberry tune, that the Jennys turn into a classic. Have a listen to get a feel for the entire album which David Lindley, the Jackson Browne guitarist, called maybe “the finest sounding live album I’ve ever heard!”

That’s high praise from a musician who was part of a pretty good live album himself – Jackson Browne’s 1977 mega-recording  Running on Empty. With the Jennys’ flawless 3-part harmonies, easy commentary from the stage, and their remarkable songwriting and musicianship, it’s easy to see why they have acquired so many devoted fans in the music business and around the world.

You can also hear them live on WDIY 88.1 on Thursday, July 29. They will visit the studio as part of the The Blend at either 2 PM or 3 PM depending on when they get into town from New York City.

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The final weekend of August 2008 the Canadian alt-folk band, the Wailin’ Jennys, arrived in town with a lot of recording gear in tow and a goal of laying down a live recording that would capture the magic of their performances. A year later, the success of their project is now available for all to hear.
“Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” was just released on Red House Records and communicates the thrill of seeing and hearing this remarkable group. Amazingly, the recording was done in one night, in one take for each tune, encompassing not only their remarkable sound, but their discipline as performers and their ability to perform nearly flawlessly on demand.
To get a taste of this almost irresistible album, have a listen to the stunning tune Calling All Angels. In a timeless rendition of an oft-interpreted Jane Siberry tune, the Wailin’ Jennys turn it into a totemic accomplishment, pushing it and the audience far into their atmosphere and then gently touching back down to earth.
Regular performers on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and in venues around the world, the Jennys had a lot of choices of where to record. That they chose the Opera House, with its warm acoustics and haunting history, establishes the venue in the upper echelon of listening rooms in the country and completes a circle of life that was started here in 2003 with a regular program of live music.

On the final weekend of August 2008 the Canadian alt-folk band, The Wailin’ Jennys, arrived in town with a lot of recording gear in tow and a goal of laying down a live recording that would capture the magic of their performances. A year later, the success of their project is now available for all to hear.  The Wailin' Jennys

“Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” was just released on Red House Records and communicates the thrill of seeing and hearing this remarkable group. Amazingly, the recording was done in one night, in one take for each tune, encompassing not only their remarkable sound, but their musical discipline and their ability to perform flawlessly on demand.

To get a taste of this irresistible album, have a listen to one of the Jennys’ signature tunes, Calling All Angels. In a heart-rending version of an oft-interpreted Jane Siberry song, the Jennys turn it into a defining accomplishment, pushing it and the audience far into their atmosphere and then gently returning them back to earth.

Wailin Jennys at the Opera HouseRegular performers on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and in venues around the world, the Jennys had a lot of choices of where to record. That they chose the Mauch Chunk Opera House, with its uniquely warm acoustics and intimate atmosphere, establishes the venue in the upper echelon of listening rooms in the country, completing a circle of life that was started here in 2003 and continues with a regular program of diverse live music.

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