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Rod MacDonald and Joe Jencks


Saturday, June 1, 2019 

8:00 pm


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Rod MacDonald, influential during the 1980s folk revival, brings a clear tenor voice and musical acumen to insightful songs about political events and the human experience. "A Sailor's Prayer," "American Jerusalem" and "White Buffalo" are among an opus of work that has earned him critical acclaim. He has released 12 recordings to date, including his most recent, "Beginning Again."

Rod, who was born in Connecticut, began studying music at age 11. His first instrument was the slide trombone. He switched to the guitar as a teenager. He attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a degree in history, edited the student newspaper and was a member of "The Lovin' Sound" folk group. He attended Columbia Law School and joined the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the US Navy. He also worked summers as a reporter for the Hartford Courant and Newsweek, for whom he covered the Pentagon Papers trial. He was honorably discharged from the Navy as a conscientious objector in 1972. A year later, he was graduated from law school. Instead of taking the bar exam, he chose a career in music.

In addition to folk music, Rod includes rock, pop, country, light jazz and blues in his repertoire. He also has written extensively of experiences on US Indian reservations and of living in Italy from 1969 to 1992. His first novel, "The Open Mike," about a young man performing at venues in Greenwich Village, was published in 2014.

Joe Jencks is an award-winning songwriter, a noted vocalist and a 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit. His music blends his Irish roots and working-class upbringing with conservatory training. His songs reflect heart, soul, groove and grit. They combine his rich baritone voice with well-crafted instrumentals and vivid song writing, focusing on the wide range of human experiences.

A co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Joe has written several folksongs that have risen on the charts, including the ever-relevant "Lady of the Harbor." From festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Joe has enthralled audiences with his approachable style and depth of musical knowledge. His solo CD, "Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers," honors his mentor and friend, Pete Seeger, with the title track. Released May 2017, the disc immediately rose to number 1 on the Folk DJ Chart and also on Sirius XM's Americana Chart. His newest release, "Joe Jencks-The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures from the Pen of Si Kahn," brings his artistry to the interpretation of Si's hard-hitting and thoughtful songs about family, community, love, work and freedom.



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