Singer Joe Jencks will perform Saturday evening at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
International touring artist, songwriter and folksinger Joe Jencks will give a concert at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $20.
Jencks sings with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. A 25-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Jencks has penned several #1 folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor. Joe is a dual US-Irish citizen and has served as a Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. State Department.
In August, Jencks released his 17th recording, The Coming of the Years, an album that stands firmly in the modern Celtic traditions and is still quintessentially a Joe Jencks record. Centered around songs Jencks wrote while on tour in Ireland over a 12-year period, this album emerges as a synergistic blend of past and present merging with themes of immigration spanning multiple generations. The album hit the folk charts at #2, and is already being received with critical acclaim.
“I am literally stunned by this new album. Jencks tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American Folk master can – with heart and unfettered perfection. With loved ones remembered at every turn, The Coming of the Years is a personal one for Joe Jencks. and one of his best. Held in Joe Jencks care and undeniable talent – these songs are fully realized freeing Jencks to embody century-old laments and deftly carry forward contemporary sounds of his own.” ~ MarySue Twohy, Program Director, Sirius XM
Jencks’ 2017 CD Poets, Philosophers, Workers, and Wanderers earned #1 Artist, #1 Album, and #1 Song on the North American Folk DJ Chart as well as spending several weeks at #1 on the SIRIUS XM Americana Chart. In addition to his work as a touring performer, songwriter, and producer, Jencks leads songwriting workshops with diverse communities from military veterans to school children. Jencks is also a grant recipient from the Archives of American Folk Music at the Library of Congress. From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to Festivals across the US and Canada, Joe Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond.
The Unitarian Church is located at 1738 North Safe Street in Los Alamos.