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Singers To Rock In House Concert

Folklore Society event set for May 3

Wes Weddell and Joe Jencks, two singer/songwriters with deep Northwest roots, will perform an all-ages Mid-Columbia Folklore Society house concert on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the home of Paul and Kristen Blackburn, 401 Montello, Hood River.

In the spring of 2001, Seattle singer/songwriter Weddell captivated the Northwest with his ambitions to chronicle the lives of contemporary Washington State residents in song. "My Northwest Home," the CD that resulted from this University of Washington-sponsored project, features these nine songs based upon history and lore from all corners of the state.

His present repertoire also features a song, "Carry On," generated from the World War II stories of Hood River resident Don Shawe.

Weddell has recently founded Puget's Sound Productions, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community live music events with audience accessibility in mind. This will be his second MCFS visit.

Award-winning songwriter Jencks has built a career based as much upon ministering to the human spirit as it is in the performance of music. Regularly sharing stages with the likes of Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, Holly Near, John McCutcheon, Pat Humphries, Bill Staines, and other folk music heavyweights, Joe has earned national recognition for his songs about working people and for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration.

Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts and inviting them to open. Whether performing for thousands of people at a union conference, hundreds at a folk festival, or dozens at an intimate club or house concert, Jencks manages to make any audience feel welcomed, valued, and part of a community. A Seattle resident for 10 years, Jencks makes his present home in Cincinnati.

Admission to the concert is a $10 donation.

For information call Blackburns at (541) 387-4011.

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