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Enjoy a night of music in the comfort of someone’s home

A FROME resident is opening up her home to host a house concert.

Local musician, Kate Lissauer, is inviting people into her home to enjoy the music of singer and songwriter Jeni Hankins, in the next of her series of occasional house concerts in support of touring musicians. The evening, titled ‘Fine Times at Our House’, will also include a pot luck dinner and a social music session where attendees can join in with Jeni and friends making music.

About the evening Kate said, “Jeni is a very gifted songwriter, and her songs will really take you places, especially through her talents as a performer and her complete engagement with her stories and her audience. Please don’t miss this!  And we all need to see her perform with her antique Singer sewing machine.

“Jeni grew up in the coalfields of Appalachian in southwest Virginia among a family of miners, moonshiners, and journalists. Her writing pulls the grit, gumption, and keen sense of observation out of that heritage, like drawing water from her grandmother’s well.

“A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and flatfoot dancer, Jeni is best known for the sound of the ‘born-in-the bone twang’ of her voice and her true tales of mountain life. For the last ten years, Jeni has toured as part of the critically acclaimed duo Jeni & Billy, spending nine months of every year on the road. From Merlefest to the Maverick Festival, Jeni & Billy swept audiences off their feet with their down home charm and exquisite musicianship.

“This year sees the pair both emerging with solo projects. Informed by seven years of touring in Great Britain, Jeni’s new collection of songs makes a love letter to the home of her ancestors and to her father who passed away in 2016.”

‘Fine Times at Our House’ takes place on Saturday 16th September from 7pm at 5 Christchurch Street West, Frome, BA11 1EH. A donation is requested as admission (suggested contribution, £10) with all proceeds going to the artist. Please book your place as space is limited. Call Kate on 01373 474110 or email: kate@katelissauer.com

PICTURE: Jeni Hankins. (Photo by Mark la Cuira)