Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator. From venues like Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks via radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.
“Joe Jencks is a songwriter whose craft and artistry will remind you of the best efforts of Phil Ochs, Stan Rogers, and Woody Guthrie. The troubadour tradition is alive and well in the 21st century with the music of Joe Jencks.” -Ron Olesko, WFDU
An accessible singer/songwriter with straightforward lyrics and a refreshing lack of pretense, Kirsten Manville’s music is honest and heartfelt, whether she’s telling a story, delving into an emotion, or capturing a moment in time. With a relaxed stage presence and ready smile, Kirsten invites her audience to share her love of music and songwriting. Kirsten’s warm and sultry voice takes the listener through an emotional journey on her first solo album entitled Come With Me. “Each song tells a story in itself,” says Kirsten, “but I also think that together the album captures a range of emotions that we all feel – love, loss, jealousy, anger, betrayal, excitement, joy – these feelings are universal; we experience them all at one time or another.” The CD was a Top 5 pick in the June 2014 issue of Metronome Magazine, and her songs have received radio airplay on a number stations both in the United States and overseas, including WUMB, WICN, and WGDR. Her song “A Simple Life” spent time in the Top 30 charts (peaking at number 11) of The Globe Radio, an Adult Album Alternative format internet radio station, and her song “Play My Guitar” has been in the Top 20 songs on Women of Substance Radio. In July 2013 she was a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival. She performs regularly, both as a solo artist and a member of the duo Kirsten & Dave. She is also an accomplished flutist.