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WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

WHO WE ARE amp WHAT WE DO

Jennifer Kimball, Rose Polenzani, Rose Cousins, 2017, TCAN

Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony is a loose collaboration of Boston-based musicians organized by veteran singer/songwriters Jennifer Kimball and Rose Polenzani, that celebrates the holiday season with a delightful mix of sacred, secular, classical, folk, pop and traditional music rearranged, reharmonized, and often just plain turned on it's head. Wielding fiddles, cellos, ukes, guitars and glockenspiels, this ensemble re-envisions the sounds of the season with vocally exquisite arrangements. Kimball and Polenzani share a love of collaboration, songwriting, Christmas music and harmony singing. Together, they've created a new lexicon of holiday-ish music by redesigning familiar tunes (Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing), composing new songs for the season (Snow Emergency in Somerville, Fall Slowly), welcoming lesser known wintery gems (I Can't Feel My Face/the Weekend, Tunnels/Arcade Fire), and featuring the gorgeous sound of a string section as versed in foot-stomping traditional tunes as they are in the nuances of accompaniment.

"Wintery Songs is a sort of POPS in a teacup - stirred up with cinnamon bark and a splash of whiskey" says Kimball, who first had the idea for the show while performing with Polenzani, Anne Heaton and Rose Cousins at Club Passim in December 2009. Longing for a more Christmassy and collaborative set list Kimball and Polenzani first launched the show in 2010 on the same stage. Joined by Heaton, Catie Curtis, Margaret Glaspy and (soon to be Grammy Award winners) Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah Jarosz, Wintery Songs began it's reverent irreverent takes on what we know as holiday music. Their first album Hark (2015) represents the musical mix their live show is known for: some Sinatra swagger, some iconic Nutcracker, some original tunes. The group is planning a second album of eclectic sacred and secular music.

2020 LINEUP -
Jennifer Kimball: vocals, acoustic guitar, baritone ukelele, glockenspiel
Rose Polenzani: vocals, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel
Eleanor Buckland: vocals, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel
Casey Murray: vocals, cello
Maura Shawn Scanlin: vocals, fiddle
Kat Wallace: vocals, fiddle


COLLABORATORS -

Annie Lynch: vocals, guitar
Deni Hlavinka: vocals, keyboards, glockenspiel
Hannah Read: vocals, fiddle
Kris Delmhorst: vocals, acoustic guitar, cello
Laura Cortese: vocals, fiddle
Rose Cousins: vocals, acoustic guitar
Brittany Haas: vocals, fiddle
Natalie Haas: vocals, cello
Margaret Glaspy: vocals, acoustic guitar
Sarah Jarosz: vocals, mandolin, guitar
Anne Heaton: vocals, piano
Lauren Rioux: vocals, fiddle
Catie Curtis: vocals, acoustic guitar
Aoife O'Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar

SPECIAL GUEST SINGERS:
Isa Burke
Ellie Buckland
Edie Carey
Lorna Moore
Antje Duvecot

ON THE RECORDING, HARK (2015):
Anais Mitchell
Kris Delmhorst
Rose Cousins
Rose Polenzani
Jennifer Kimball
Laura Cortese
Valerie Thompson
Brittany Haas
Natalie Haas




CONTACT:
j e n n i f e r . d . k i m b a l l A T g m a i l . c o m
Wintery Songs
PO BOX 33
SOMERVILLE, MA 02143

updated: 2 weeks ago