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A Light In The Darkness

A Light In The Darkness
Dear Friends…

Happy Solstice!

As we approach the turning of the celestial tide – and the days begin to get longer again, I wanted to acknowledge the deep gratitude I feel for the community that has so kindly encouraged me in my music and work. When I began touring full-time almost 15 years ago – I could never have hoped for more than I have found. Amazing. SO many friends in so many places have continued to believe that live music and good songwriting matter in the world. Thanks for that. I hope I give back as much as you have given to me. It is a road I am proud to travel with you, my beloved community. Deeply grateful!

Speaking of beloved community, I also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of a true folkie and friend, Mike Space. Mike was a tremendous ally and supporter of many touring musicians – myself included. In my early years on the road, he booked me into Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA, got me on the radio, and shared my music with many people. He and his wife Judi also hosted me at their home on several occasions. He will be deeply missed. Godspeed, brother.

Next up – my annual Chicago holiday/solstice concert will be at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts in Hinsdale; on December 21st. Bringing light into the darkness with me will be my good friends and fellow songsters Edie Carey and Heather Styka. We’ve been rehearsing some beautiful arrangements of original and traditional songs. Sweet harmonies and good fun! Thanks to Rich Warren and WFMT – 98.7 FM Chicago, the first hour of the concert will be broadcast live. If you’re out of range – pick up the broadcast on www.wfmt.com.

Then on New Year’s Eve – my band mates in Brother Sun (Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor) will come into Chicago, and we will play for The Midnight Special’s 60th Anniversary, New Year’s Eve bash! Tickets are still available for this mini festival, which will include Kim & Reggie Harris, Garnet Rogers, and many more. In 2014 – Brother Sun will tour briefly in the Midwest, and then we’re off to Canada in January for a two-week tour. Then in February – I’ll be traveling solo for three weeks from Chicago to Boston, NY, RI, NJ, MD, DC, and several points in between.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Safe Travels and Happy Holidays!

-Joe Jencks

updated: 8 months ago