Joe Jencks

Joe Jencks: April Tour Dates, Recording, and GREAT News!

Dear Friends

In this News Letter:

  1. GREAT News & New Song Lyrics
  2. Recording/ New CD Orders and Pledges requested
  3. April Tour Dates:

Williamsburg, VA
Burke, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Bolton, MA
Worcester, MA
Teaneck, NJ
Leesburg, VA
Camp Springs, MD
Garden City, NY


I leave Chicago today for a month on the road. I will be performing four consecutive weekends out east, and recording mid-weeks in the DC area. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with the same Grammy winning team that helped me produce The Candle & The Flame. Jim Robeson (Recording Engineer - BIAS and Electric Upright Bass), Jon Carroll (Piano, Organ, & Accordion), Charlie Pilzer (Mix and Mastering Engineer  Air Show). Plus special guests include David Glaser on guitars, and a few other folks you might recognize. I just finished writing the title song Links In A Chain. Here is part of the song

Links In A Chain
Copyright 2009 Joe Jencks, Turtle Bear Music, ASCAP

Late summer morning on a front porch swing
Theres a tear in grandmothers eye
Shes telling me tales of my mothers childhood
How they got by
Years of war, years of depression
The hard times they came through
She smiles at me and says, That wisdom,
Carries on in you

Links in a chain unbroken
Words of a prayer unspoken
Invisible hands reaching through time
We each have a piece of the story
Each have a share in the glory
And a chance to pass it along to those who remain
Links in a chain
(Get the disc for the full story)

Now for the GREAT NEWS!

I will be performing at a VERY prominent New York City concert hall in November. I am not allowed to say more just yet, until they make it public. But I will be there for a week working with young people, and sharing both original and traditional American Folk Music. I am honored to have been selected for this event, and will hopefully be able to tell you more soon. I will be working with two other artists who will represent folk traditions from other parts of the world, and we will collectively give 2 performances a day for five days! Children from all over NYC will be studying our songs and music throughout the fall as part of their music curriculum, and then they will come to this prominent venue to see us perform, and to sing with us! I could not be more thrilled. Practice, practice, practice


It is very difficult for an independent artist to scrounge the funds for a new recording project. Many of you contributed generously 2 years ago to helping me create The Candle & The Flame. A record that was VERY successful. I am grateful. Please consider helping out again for this new Joe Jencks record, Links In A Chain. Sponsors will be listed with gratitude in the CD liner notes. And are welcome to the CD release party at the Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage, Thursday May 21st @ 8:30 PM.

Many of you have expressed that you would like to support the CD, but would like to wait until after tax returns, etc. Great! Thanks. So here is the scoop

You dont have to pay now to be listed as a sponsor on the CD liner notes. All I need is your pledge, and we can settle up later. If you can send a note to me by the 15th of April with your pledge, you can be listed in the liner notes.

To re-cap:  Pre-orders are $20.00 each, 3 for $50.00 or 7 for $100.00. Supporters at the level of  $50 and up, who have placed their orders or made their pledge by the Print Deadline of April 15th, will be listed in the liner notes as sponsors. And ALL contributions large or small will yield extremely good karma!

Another way to help is to Sponsor a Spin! Every time a new CD is released, a radio campaign begins. We send out CDs to hundreds and hundreds of Folk, Americana, and Roots DJs all over the US, Canada around the world. The Candle And The Flame received airplay in 9 different countries! Buy ONE extra copy, of the New CD at $10.00 (or pledge to do so again, by April 15th), and you will be listed as a Radio Sponsor in the liner notes, and you will help spread the good will of this music literally all over the world. The Extra CD you purchase will be sent to a folk-friendly radio station. We will let you know which one, so that you can send them an email and request spins of Joe Jencks songs! Think about it? What a great and easy way to do something good!

Please send checks payable to:
Joe Jencks
108 Keeney St. Apt. 4-Rear
Evanston, IL 60202

Please call if you would prefer to use a Credit Card for your contribution or pre-order, or if you just want to say hello and offer moral support! 206-619-4104. CDs will be mailed out in early June (Postage included in the order price), and you will be the first ones on your block to get the new Joe Jencks CD!

I cant wait to start recording next week. It is always such an adventure, watching the songs unfold their wings and begin to fly! The title track alone will be worth it all. I look forward to sharing this new music with you.

In Gratitude and Song

•Joe Jencks
Turtle Bear Music


Friday, March 27th, 2009 8:00 PM, Williamsburg, VA
Joe Jencks In Concert
Live Off Five Concerts
3051 Ironbound RoadWilliamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-6830
Price: $10.00
Contact Sherri Powers:, or

Special Guest, Karen Michelle Bergmann on cello.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 5:30 PM, Burke, VA
Joe Jencks sings at Coffee House Worship Service
Burke Presbyterian Church
5690 Oak Leather DriveBurke, VA 22015
phone: (703) 764-0456

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 9:15 AM & 11:15 AM, Charlottesville, VA
Joe Jencks Provides music for Sunday Services
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist
717 Rugby RoadCharlottesville, VA 22903 USA

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 5:00 PM Potluck, 6:00 Concert, Charlottesville, VA
Joe Jencks In Concert with special guest Louisa Wimberger
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist
717 Rugby RoadCharlottesville, VA 22903 USA
Joe Jencks will give a concert at the UU Church in Charlottesville, with special musical SUUSI guest, Louisa Wimberger.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 7:00 PM, Bolton, MA
Joe Jencks In Concert
Still River House Concerts
Bolton, MA USA
phone: 978-779-0439
Price: $15.00

Sunday, April 5th, 2009 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM, Worcester, MA
Joe Jencks & Rev. Aaron Payson ~ Raise The Roof!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
90 Holden St.Worcester, MA 01606 USA
phone: 508-853-1942

Monday, April 6th, 2009 7:00 PM, Worcester, MA
Joe Jencks in Concert
Worcester State College
486 Chandler StreetWorcester, MA 01602
Joe will be performing at the Worcester State College as part of the Music and Social Change Cultural SeriesThe concert will be held at the Worcester State College Student Center, Blue Lounge from 7 - 9 p.m.

Friday, April 10th, 2009 7:30 PM, Teaneck, NJ
Joe Jencks in Concert ~ Celebrating the life and Work of Paul Robeson
The Puffin Cultural Forum
20 Puffin WayTeaneck, NJ 07666 USA
phone: 201-836-3499
This is a special concert in which a portion of the evening will be a tribute to Paul Robeson, and the work of Civil Rights and Social Justice.For more information contact the Puffin Cultural Forum at

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 8:00 PM, Leesburg, VA
Joe Jencks in Concert
The Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun
20460 Gleedsville RdLeesburg, VA 20175-8861 USA
Price: $12.00
Doors open at 7:30, half an hour before showtime. Tickets are $12 available at the door. For further information:

Sunday, April 12th, 2009 10:30 a.m.
Camp Springs, MD
Joe sings Sunday Services
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church
7400 Temple Hill Rd.Camp Springs, MD 20748
phone: 301-449-4308

Friday, April 17th, 2009 8:00 pm
Garden City, NY
Joe Jencks in Concert
Our Times Coffeehouse
38 Old Country RdGarden City, NY 11530 USA
phone: Phone Inquiries 516-541-1006 pick choice # 2
Concert is in the Ethical Humanist Society Building

More Listings are at under tour dates.