Experience something different at George Washington House with folk musician Joe Jencks this Sunday

Amidst the revelry of the Crop-Over season, Barbadians looking for something different musically can find an oasis this Sunday, June 27th – and for free!

Joe Jencks will also be doing youth outreach events in each island with the Barbados event scheduled for Monday at the Public Library in Independence Square.

Joe Jencks will also be doing youth outreach events in each island with the Barbados event scheduled for Monday at the Public Library in Independence Square.

That is when chart-topping American folk musician Joe Jencks will perform at George Washington House in an evening concert starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jencks, whose 2007 album The Candle and the Flame made it all the way to number two on the folk charts in the USA, is an artist who embodies the Walt Whitman quote: “I am large. I contain multitudes.”

On the one hand, his lush tenor vocals and skillful guitar playing are soothing and gentle in the best tradition of folk music.

On the other hand, his music has a pointed edge to it, focusing on themes of social justice, social injustice and labour rights, paralleling in certain ways Caribbean traditions of social commentary in calypso and reggae. Jencks has said of his musical leanings:

For many years I was focused as a story teller on ideas and stories outside of myself. I wanted to shine the light on the depth of human experience and use songwriting as a form of journalism. This, combined with my Irish heritage drew me toward ballads and historical narratives, labor music, social justice songs and music that was intended to have a positive social impact.”

Jencks, who is a music conservatory-trained artist, is presently on a tour of the Eastern Caribbean, hosted by the United States Embassy. Barbados is the third stop on his tour, following appearances in Antigua and Dominica. Grenada is the last stop on the whirlwind, six (6) day tour.

This tour will add Caribbean venues to the eclectic list of stages he has already appeared on, from famed venues such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to universities, spiritual communities and music festivals.

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