Jennis with Sarah Beatty

Jennis, the ‘difficult to categorize but sounds great’ roots combo featuring Dennis Gaumond on dobro and Jen Gillmor on cello are coming back to Guelph for a show at Silence on May 29 with support from Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty. They’re also playing together in Hamilton at the Artword Artbar on May 16. I’m not sure if you’ve been to a Jennis show before but for a duo they have an amazingly full live sound. Expect to be regaled by some original songs augmented by early American jazz, reggae, funk, R&B and blues classics re-interpreted in the inimitable Jennis style!

Dennis Gaumond was also my special guest on Folk Roots Radio around the time of the launch of the first Jennis CD ‘The Current’. You can check out the audio from that interview HERE. Sarah Beatty will be leading things off with her own brand of roots music, and some fantastic songs from her latest release ‘Black Gramophone’. Both Jennis and Sarah Beatty will be guests on Folk Roots Radio in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.

Show: 8 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.)

Tickets $12 ($15 at the door)

Advance tickets are available HERE.

About Jennis:
Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. Their unique blend of dobro and cello is augmented by didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. Jennis released their debut album, The Current, was released in June 2014.

What do you get when you combine talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals with resophonic guitar, cello, flute, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo? A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.
Debra Thornington, Director, Ottawa Blues society

About Sarah Beatty:
Sarah Beatty is a Hamilton based singer-songwriter who grew up with two hometowns and many addresses on both sides of the border. Deftly occupying the space between blues, jazz, country, and soulful styled roots music, her music shines brightly with dynamic vocals, imaginative lyrics, and sing-song melodies. She’s a versatile performer who can stomp a deep groove and deliver a Regina Spektor-esque quirkiness, all while simultaneously summoning the ache of Billie Holiday. She takes audiences to other worlds, and brings them back home slack-jawed and cheering for more.

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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