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“Hey Jen, the tracks sound incredible! Your parts are fantastic… Thank you so much for being such a pleasure to work with. You were inspiring and exciting in all the right places”
Never more at home than when playing the double bass, Jen is an energetic and joyful player and an engaging performer. Her musical journey has taken in a wide range of genres and this experience, coupled with confidence and musical sensitivity, enables her to explore the wonders of this beautiful instrument – from wild pizzicato lines to the deep riches of the bass when played with the bow.
A truly versatile player and a thinking musician, she delivers solid grooves and bold statements, to insightful, intelligent lyrical playing, knowing when to step back and create space.
An experienced collaborator and recording artist, Jen loves the creative process and working with people to get the musical result they dream of. Whether it’s on stage or in the studio, her communicative style of playing and love of musical interaction makes her a fun player to have around!
In recent years Jen’s developed as a producer, leading the celebrated Songs of Separation project, a large-scale collaboration between some of England and Scotland’s brilliant women musicians.
Recent work has focused on trad and contemporary trad music. She’s played with the Eliza Carthy Band, had the opportunity to join Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson on stage, guested on albums for Daimh, Dallahan, Damian Helliwell’s Metta, Robbie Greig and recorded with Rory Butler. She’s been lucky enough to collaborate with Julie Fowlis, Karan Casey, Gwyneth Glynn, Georgia Ruth, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Hazel Askew, Hannah James, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, and had a life-changing opportunity to work with Danny Thompson on the ‘Bass Across Borders’ project.
Her varied musical background includes classical and baroque, big band, musical theatre, French trad, cabaret and burlesque, klezmer, blue grass, rockabilly, jazz, Scottish and English trad…and lots of singer songwriters.