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From the coastal haven of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Jennah Barry is one of Atlantic Canada’s surest sirens.
Her undeniable, rosewater voice sets a mood wherein even the hardest truths seem palatable. Moving effortlessly between folk, country and soft rock motifs, Barry’s music, last heard on her instantly classic debut Young Men, sets her at the forefront of a tradition of women making music as strong as it is sentimental.
Notable past performances include:
Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe (May 2014 in Liverpool and Annapolis Royal)
Opening for Rose Cousins ("We Have Made A Spark" tour dates: Ottawa National Arts Centre, Glenn Gould Studio, etc) Jenn Grant (Spatz Theatre, Halifax) Ron Sexsmith (Liverpool, NS) Royal Wood (Halifax, NS) David Francey (Lunenburg, NS) David Myles (Grand Manan, NB) Olympic Symphonium, Al Tuck.
“With a folk guitar, a slide guitar and a voice as sweet as honey, Jennah Barry’s first album Young Men is “a lot of juicy gossip,” she says, drawing on a string of loves lost and won between the South Shore and Toronto... ...Her songs have the maturity of an old-hand at romance, tough to let go of and so easy to love. ”
— The Coast (Adria Young)
"...The songs on Young Men flow with ease and confidence, graced with melodies that are sweet and addictive without becoming cloying..." - Chronicle Herald (Stephan Cooke)
"Beautifully produced and endearingly delivered, Jennah Barry combines here-and-there hints of Mirah like inflection with M.Ward-esque fluidity. This record comes to us all the way from Riverport, Nova Scotia. Young Men is such a smooth listen, cover to cover." - Argue Job
"...if there's any point at which you should listen to Jennah Barry open her mouth---excepting, of course, when she is singing---it's when she's talking about songwriting. Her songs dance the spectrum between folk and indie rock ("I'm waiting for someone else to say it," she says of genre) and the 11 tracks on last year's debut LP Young Men contain shameless declarations, sharp insights, quiet revelations and big reveals set against a backdrop of the sea and snow of the south shore, where she grew up and still lives. In person she has an easygoing confidence, an undeniable charisma, wears flannel and drinks, as if Tim Riggins decided to pick up a guitar instead of a football. Her casual small-town friendliness is kept in check by a weary guardedness befitting a rural Nova Scotian who spent five years in Toronto straight out of high school..."- The Coast (Tara Thorne)