Stone Church Arts presents…
Singer-Songwriters Joe Jencks & Jesse Terry
7:30 pm, Friday, August 23
The Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church
20 Church St, Bellows Falls, Vermont
BELLOWS FALLS, VT – Joe Jencks is a 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. These two, powerhouse singer-songwriters, share the stage in a Stone Church Arts concert on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 pm, in the Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., the stone church on the hill in Bellows Falls.
Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe Jencks delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
Joe’s newest Solo CD – Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers – was released May 1st, 2017 – to critical acclaim. The CD has spent several weeks at #1 on Sirius XM’s Americana Chart, and was also the #1 CD on the Folk DJ Chart for May, 2017 – with 4 songs in the top 10.
Laurie DesJardins of KVMR in Nevada City, CA, declared, “Joe Jencks brings us moving and stunning songs of hope, redemption, connection and remembrance. Sung with passion and delivered in his rich tenor voice, the songs on Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers are a balm for the times.”
By his own definition, Jesse Terry has never been a cautious individual, but rather one who finds inspiration and optimism in the solace and joy making music brings him; and that which he can impart to others. In that regard, his artistic quest has become satisfying and self-fulfilling.
“Things happen for me at the right place and time when I’m focusing on my art and connecting with people,” Jesse suggests. “I’ve always had the desire to spread peace and unity through my music. This gives me a tangible purpose, even when life doesn’t seem to make much sense.”
That ability to create a connection, to bare his soul and express his emotions through his songs have been the defining thread in a career that’s spawned five albums (The Runner, Stay Here With Me, Empty Seat on a Plane, and his latest pair, Stargazer and Natural) as well as an EP (The Calm and the Storm) as part of a career that began in 2010. It’s evolved and expanded ever since, thanks to a tour schedule that’s found him playing over 1,000 shows in the past eight years and taken him across the country and to points well beyond – The UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greenland, and New Zealand included. It’s given him a fresh perspective on the world and additional insights into its common humanity, sentiments and a sensibility that continues to impact his music.
“It’s about inclusiveness,” Jesse insists. “I love that music can bring all kinds of people together. I feel so lucky to be making music for a living. I don’t mind the long drives and the long hours, because that’s all part of the journey. And once you stop loving it, you stop living it.”
Indeed, that’s at the core of his convictions. “So much of my music is about expressing the joy of the journey and finding strength and resiliency to battle through the difficult times,” he muses. “Touring the world has given me a very different perspective. We’re all part of a global family.”
Join Stone Church Arts for Singer-Songwriters Joe Jencks & Jesse Terry in concert at 7:30 pm, Friday, August 23 in the Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $35 premium reserved. At the door, all ticket prices increase by $5. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, and Misty Valley at Phoenix Books, Chester, by phone at 802-460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.