Hi everyone. I live in Boston in a cute flowery Irish neighborhood where the local market sells Vegemite and these moist bready things called potato farls. I am a PhD student in the Boston University Division of Religious and Theological Studies, focusing on Religion and Society. I study how religion affects personal relationships, particularly interreligious relationships, and do fieldwork in Indonesia, Italy (Rome and Piedmont) and Peru. I also make documentary films about Muslim headscarves, midwestern Benedictine monasteries, and celebrity crushes. I have a banjo and a ukulele and a ten dollar mandolin from eBay hanging on my bedroom walls. My ninth album PROSPECT HEARTS is out now and I love it. I enjoy omelettes, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge during a transit strike, and reading US Weekly Magazine. Okay, that's me!
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Jenn Lindsay grew up in San Diego, California and lived and played shows out of New York City for ten years until moving to Boston in Summer 2011. Since Jenn started touring nationally in 2002, she has played her songs in exchange for free catfish in Alabama, sang to a room full of friendly cowgirls in Amarillo Texas, entertained in Vegas, and played encores to Ladyfest attendees in Memphis, Brooklyn, and Ottawa. Her music has been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" program, WFMU, MTV, and in the series pilot of "Something Blue" by Brooklyn filmmaker Emily Millay Haddad. In the November 2006 issue of Curve Magazine UPHILL BOTH WAYS is described as "a complete joy from beginning to end...hard not to love." She has appeared onstage and shared bills with Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, Toshi Reagon, Nellie McKay, Erin McKeown, Kris Delmhorst, Matt the Electrician, Paleface, Lach, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Nicole Atkins, Phoebe Kreutz, Holly Near, and a slew of other super-talented folks.
In her time playing on New York City's folk circuit, Jenn's music has attracted a lively fanbase and enough buzz to fill a room in the East Village. Lyricist, guitarist, singer and poet, Jenn has been a Boston Globe Calendar Pick, recognized in Entertainment Today for music that is "deliciously earnest...Lindsay’s best songs are empowering battle hymns for the perpetually downtrodden," and was featured on the Village Voice weekly short list. Her style has been best described by fans and the media alike as intelligent, tender, and unaffected--or, according to NY MakeMusic, "a welcome blast of taste and sincerity." Jenn's musical community is the NYC Antifolk scene, a hub of musicians based in the East Village's Sidewalk Cafe, who share a mutual distaste for mediocre, well-packaged mainstream music.
In 2001, Jenn relocated to the brutal, unforgiving snowlands of New York City to jumpstart her career. Later that year, she released her self-produced debut album, BRING IT ON, peddling the album through grassroots efforts. 2002 saw the release of Jenn's second album, THE STORY OF WHAT WORKS, a title that is aptly inspired by her newfound understanding of the industry standard. She played every instrument on the record. Her powerful delivery of such songs as “I Am Not Going Home Yet,” and “Got My Baby” helped her gig schedule to grow into a roster of regional festivals, Ladyfests, house concerts and appearances at such popular folk destinations as Club Passim’s Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival in Boston. In late 2002, Jenn released her third album, GOTTA LOTTA, a showcase of "songwriting genius" (IndieMusic.com). In 2003, Jenn released FIRED!, a personal testament to the unemployed and the economic slowdown. The EP, "fun-loving, buzzing and well-produced" (Village Voice) explores themes of seeking work, struggling with dayjobs, the workplace hierarchy, and rising unemployment rates in the United States. THE LAST NEW YORK HORN, Jenn's fifth studio album, was called "one of the best folk CDs of all time" by CD Baby founder/CEO Derek Sivers.
A few years ago, Jenn worked as a stargazing guide in Lake Tahoe, taking folks in a boat to the middle of the lake at night to tell them star stories; that deepened her interest in non-Western celestial mythologies, so she lived in Peru for a year studying Andean star myths and the locals' relationship with the sky. She's biked across the USA (which ruled), run a marathon (which totally blew, but she might do it again), and despite a general sense of adventurousness she is terrified of heights. She is delighted by fractals, Will Ferrell, David Sedaris, and funny-looking dogs. Oh, and she drives stick shift.