Cape Cod Times- “Jeanne Jolly brings mix of music to South Yarmouth”
Jeanne Jolly goes to great lengths to get her music out there and into the heart and soul of American audiences. Consider the 24-concert tour she undertook in August with her two band mates.
“We drove cross-country and back in a minivan,” says Jolly, a 34-year-old classically trained singer-songwriter, by phone from her native Raleigh, N.C. “We started in West Virginia and ended up on the coast of Oregon. Then we played our way back” via Kansas, Missouri, etc.
“We covered 12,000 miles in 29 days, which is pretty absurd. We did a lot of zigzagging, which is how it goes when you’re trying to play every day and get exposure in as many places as you can.”
Jolly will get exposure in South Yarmouth Saturday when her band – eight-string guitarist and producer Chris Boerner and drummer-keyboardist Nick Baglio – will join her at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She brings a voice primed and polished at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where Jolly received a master’s degree in 2003 in vocal performance.
That voice is showcased on her debut full-length CD, the 10-track “Angels,” released in October 2012 on the independent Foreign Exchange label. The CD offers a mix of folk, country, jazz, blues, Americana, Southern roots and pop.
In concert, Jolly performs songs from “Angels” as well as selections from Jolly’s six-song EP “Falling in Carolina,” released in 2010 as a tribute to her mom after she had lost her battle with ovarian cancer.
Jolly’s interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” often sung in concerts, can be downloaded for $1.29 online at www.jeannejolly.com, with all proceeds donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
The summer trip – the longest and most ambitious of her still-blossoming career – expanded her national audience. Before heading back east, she performed shows in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Colorado.
“We did some festivals and some small theaters, a vineyard and some clubs – all sorts of venues, which is kind of what our year has been like,” says Jolly, who studied vocal performance as an undergraduate at Western Carolina University in North Carolina.
Her most memorable show was a sellout at an old movie theater-turned-entertainment hall in Thompson Falls, a western Montana town with a population of 1,313. It was among nine performances she put on in Big Sky Country.
“That was a really special show,” Jolly says of Thompson Falls. “It was at an old retro-style cinema where they couldn’t afford the switch to the digital age, so they were trying to do something with the space. It was a small town full of very special people who were hungry for a good show. I had no idea how it was going to turn out. I was expecting about 50 people at the most, but about 225 showed up and they packed it out. It was a really magical evening.”
Written by Dick Trust
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