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Bill Wagman's House Concerts

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  Friday, October 28th, Jeni Hankin, 7:30PM

Billy won’t be with her, as he has other obligations at home this trip so she will be solo but it will still be great. Jeni Hankins spent every summer of her childhood in the Southwest Virginia homes of her grandmothers — and every summer Sunday in the pews of the Friendly Chapel Church. “My grandmother’s church was Pentecostal," Jeni says. "People spoke in languages I didn’t understand, they believed in a fire that did not burn, they fell down in the floor, and they sang. They sang loudly and passionately. Their singing got under my skin because it wasn’t for prettiness or show -- they were hollering their story up to God with every ounce of their being. To me this is singing and this is songwriting -- to shout the story of life as an urgent message to the beyond.” 

“Hankins’ approach is often compared to that of Hazel Dickens (1925-2011) and aptly so,” Rob Weir of “SingOut!” magazine writes. “Though Hankins has a smoother, less nasal voice than Dickens, it has the same born-in-the-bone twang – the kind you don’t get by dressing up country and scouring songbooks. Hankins also grew up in the same contiguous coal mine region that spawned Dickens, and with the same sensibilities: an appreciation for the grace of ordinary people, mountain gospel music, support for miners’ unions, and a gift for finding beauty where less attuned people fail to see it.”

 Music will start at 7:30 and a $15.00 donation is requested with all proceeds going to Jeni.

For information and reservations call (530) 753-3472 or email me, wjwagman@dcn.org. I hope to see you here.


Bill Wagman's House Concerts


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