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The Wailin' Jennys
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Folk
Folk rock
Years active 2002 – Present
Labels Jericho Beach
Ruth Moody
Nicky Mehta
Heather Masse
Former members
Cara Luft
Annabelle Chvostek

The Wailin' Jennys are a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk trio from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and New York, consisting of soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta, and alto Heather Masse. Recently, the Jennys have also toured with fiddler and mandolinist Jeremy Penner.

The Wailin' Jennys have released several albums and tour regularly through North America and Europe. The group is also often featured on the National Public Radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Their album Firecracker made it to the number two spot on the Billboard Bluegrass charts in 2006.



The group was founded in 2002, when a guitar shop in Winnipeg - called Sled Dog Music[1] - brought three soloists (Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Cara Luft) together for a joint performance. The show was well received and the owner scheduled a follow-up, which was also a great success. The owner then "offered that they might go on tour and call themselves the Wailin' Jennys."[2] The group's name is a pun on the country singer Waylon Jennings.

In 2004, Luft left to pursue her solo career and was replaced by Annabelle Chvostek, a singer/songwriter from Montreal.

At the 2005 Juno Awards, the group won Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) for their 2004 album 40 Days.[3]

In 2007, Chvostek left the group and was replaced by Heather Masse, a Maine-born singer with a background in jazz and blues as well as folk, who also fronts the Brooklyn-based Heather & the Barbarians.

All of the members of the Jennys maintain solo careers, in addition to their efforts with the group.


Year Album Peak chart positions
US Bluegrass US Heat US Indie
2003 The Wailin' Jennys EP
2004 40 Days
2006 Firecracker 2 23 27
2009 Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House 3 25


  1. ^ Sled Dog Music
  2. ^ Notes the 2005-05-21 episode of A Prairie Home Companion, viewed 2006-10-10
  3. ^ Article at Guilford

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