Kim Jennings

Folk Songstress ~ Indie Edge

November 9, 2016
by Kim Jennings
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NERFA 2016

Hello, dear music friends.

I’m heading to NERFA (that’s the North East Regional Folk Alliance conference, for those of you not in the folk world 24/7) this weekend. There will be lots of hugs, and tons of good, good music.

I’ll come home inspired. I need it.

I’ll be playing some late-night showcases, and will also some harmony with friends – Beth DeSombre, Phil Henry, and Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli. I adore singing harmony. Feels like heaven.

I need it.

Here’s my schedule:
Thursday Night – 2am – Room 2028
Friday Night – 11:45pm – Room 2043
Saturday Night – 1:15am – Room 2104

Kim Jennings NERFA 2016 Late Night Schedule

I’m also singing harmonies with Beth DeSombre at her Twenty Oaks Presents Showcase,
Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm:

Beth DeSombre NERFA Schedule

And with the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio at his Acoustic Live in NYC Showcase,
Friday late night at 2:15 am:

Phil Henry NERFA Schedule

And with Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli at their Mountain Spirit Showcase,
Saturday late night at 2:00 am:

Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli NERFA 2016 Schedule

Can’t wait to share inspiration with you when I get back.

So many hugs and even more music,

Kim

September 16, 2016
by Kim Jennings
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What’s Up…!?

It hasn’t exactly been a quiet summer. It’s just been quiet solo-performance-wise. But there’s been a lot going on!

1. I’ve been hard at work with Dan Cloutier, helping him out with his upcoming new album: The Battle of Greenland. Noteworthy: I play synthesizer, keyboard, melodica, and am singing on it (a whole bunch!). Even more noteworthy: he’s doing a Kickstarter project for it, and it’s really doing well! The campaign ends on October 1 – so now is the time to be a part of it, if you can. Trust me, you’ll want to – that’s not even a question! 😉 Check it out here! And watch his awesome project video too!

My new band: The Great Molasses Flood!2. THE NEW BAND. As if Dan and I weren’t doing enough musically, helping each other with our solo work…We have also officially started a band, along with our good friend and FANTASTIC musician Ricardo Barraza. Our name? THE GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD. Yup, it’s cool. We are excited. We’re just getting started, and we have a couple of shows booked in October – check us out when you can!

3. As far as solo work goes, I’m playing the Pepperell Fall Festival this weekend, and also going to attend the NERFA Conference this November, after taking a couple of years away. I’m booking myself into some late-night guerilla showcases – and really looking forward to the new conference location too.

4. I’m backing Beth DeSombre in her upcoming CD Release on Friday, September 23 in Wellesley, MA. Beth’s latest is called I Was Here – and it’s just fantastic!

5. I just recorded an interview for Jacob Haller‘s podcast Tell Me About Your Song. We talked about Here Now, the title track from my last album. This was a *great* conversation – look for it in a few weeks! 

And how are you~??

Thanks for listening…

**hugs and music**

March 29, 2016
by Kim Jennings
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Personal Songwriting Challenge/Amazing Things Feature Set

I’ve been in a self-imposed songwriting challenge since January 1. It’s becoming an annual tradition, like a New Year’s Resolution. One I actually try really, really hard to keep.

The challenge, part 1: write one new song a week, every week, for the first 3 months of the year. I should end up with 12-13 new songs.

The challenge, part 2: play the new song at my musical “home away from home”: the weekly Amazing Things Arts Center Open Mike.

The challenge, part 3: Reserve any judgment about the song until completing part 2. This is THE. HARDEST. PART. (Then it’s okay to kick any song to the curb.)

The point: just keep writing without any attachment to the “is it good” question.

Last year, I got up to 8 new songs. I was pretty happy about it. This year, I have 10 new songs. I’m pretty happy about this too!

Amazing Things Arts Center - www.amazingthings.org

And in a fun twist of fate, my next show is playing the 1/2 hour featured set on Thursday, March 31, **at Amazing Things**, my super-favorite open mike of all open-mike-dom. Seriously, if I’d never tapped into this community, I don’t think I’d be a songwriter. Show info is here in my calendar.

I love that it just so happens to be the last date of my annual songwriting challenge. So, my plan is to play all completely new songs, all written this year. I’ll be nervous, I’ll talk about writing, and it might be a bit messy, but still glo-o-o-o-rious in all my art-in-progress-ness.

Click…click…click…that’s the sound of the roller coaster approaching the tippity-top of a super-high drop. All new songs!? Look Ma, no hands! Look out below!

Keep making – and thanks for listening.

February 22, 2016
by Kim Jennings
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BIG SHOW. St. John’s Coffee House, Arlington, MA – Saturday, March 12

YOU GUYS. BIG SHOW. UP NEXT.

On Saturday, March 12, I’ll be performing at St. John’s Coffee House Concerts in Arlington, MA. This is a split bill with Michael Gray of American Beauties.

Also exciting: Dan Cloutier will join me as side-man extraordinaire.

If you haven’t seen me for a while, I have lots of new music to share with you. I’ve been writing, writing, writing – and I’m in the middle of my new-year-self-imposed-12-week songwriting challenge. Art in progress, my friends!

It’s going to be a great show!! Tickets available online now via Brown Paper Tickets: http://jenningsgray.bpt.me.

St Johns - Michael and Kim flyer w photos

October 16, 2015
by Kim Jennings
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Up Next: All Folked Up!

There’s a very special place in my musical heart for in-the-round songwriter shows. A couple of months ago, me & the fam made a trip “out west” to see my music pal Aaron Nathans play at a songwriter series at the Thirsty Mind. When you have songwriter friends traveling from PA to what could loosely be defined as “your neighborhood,” it’s a good thing to try to get out to see them when you can! :-)

Also – the Thirsty Mind’s tagline is “great minds drink alike.” And also – CHIMAY. Win-Win-Win. Come on, now.

One thing leads to another and – bam! – I’m a late addition to this month’s show. Big thanks to Michael Orlen for the invite! Join us – I’ll be sharing stories behind some of my new, as-yet-unrecorded songs.

Friday, October 30 – 7:00 PM – South Hadley, MA.

Thirsty Mind Cafe, South Hadley, MA - October 30, 2015

October 13, 2015
by Kim Jennings
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Thursday, October 15: A Night of Stars on WICN

I’m joining Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli – and many more – on WICN Thursday night, October 15. Nick Noble and Dale LePage have curated a night of great local music on local radio!

Tune in – the show streams live from 7-11pm Eastern time at www.wicn.org.

WICN - www.wicn.org - Thursday, October 15, 2015

 

Brother Sun with Kim Jennings opening, Friday, September 25 at Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham, MA

September 22, 2015
by Kim Jennings
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Opening for BROTHER SUN this Friday, September 25

I’ve been trying not to go all over-the-top-fan-girl over OPENING FOR BROTHER SUN this Friday, September 25 (8:00 pm), at Amazing Things Arts Center, my musical home away from home…the place that’s the reason why I’m a songwriter.

I can’t help it. I’ve been pinching myself for days.

If you know me, you know I love harmony – and Brother Sun is quite simply the best harmony singing I have EVER seen live. They are so inspiring, and so powerful in every performance. It’s going to be one of THOSE nights.

Look!

Brother Sun with Kim Jennings opening, Friday, September 25 at Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham, MA

Listen!


AND
GET TICKETS HERE!! :-)

Hope to see you.

September 11, 2015
by Kim Jennings
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11th Annual Respite Center Coffeehouse Tonight

Respite Coffeehouse: the feel good show of the year.

I’m playing piano, melodica, ukulele, djembe and singing in Dan Cloutier and Ricardo Barraza’s Respite Center band tonight in Hopkinton, to benefit the Michael Lisnow Respite Center.

It’s worth the trip for the permanent smile that will be on your face for weeks to come.

Respite CoffeeHouse 2015 www.hopkintonrespite.com

August 2, 2015
by Kim Jennings
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Circle of Friends Stage at Franklin Cultural Festival – Sunday 8/2

Franklin Cultural Festival

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is sponsoring a stage at the 1st Franklin Cultural Festival. It’s FREE, outdoors (weather permitting) and in my hometown of Franklin, MA. So excited!

Sunday, August 2
The BLACK BOX15 West Central St, Franklin
Music from 12p-5p

Performers include:

Lydia Warren
Jamie Barrett
Jesse Hanson
Kim Jennings (with Dan Cloutier!)
Stefilia’s Stone
Carolyn Waters

I’ll go on sometime around 3-3:30p. Come spend some time with us!