Jennis delivers more sound, variety and fun than one would think could fit into a single touring van. The duo brings together Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s decades of writing and performing, with Jen Gillmor, veteran of the Toronto indie scene. The friends’ blend of cello, dobro, didgeridoo, harmonica, flute, guitar, bass, jaw harp and wazinator – combined with catchy, quirky original songs – makes for a unique and unforgettable performance.
Their debut album, The Current, was released in June, 2014 and has charted at college radio stations across Canada. It was noticed by The Toronto Blues Society, who nominated them as finalists in their 2015 Talent Search Contest. They showcased at the 2015 FMO and the 2017 Toronto Blues Summit. One of the tunes has the dubious distinction of being voted ‘weird song of the month’ by a music blog in England.
After touring Western-Canada in the summer festival seasons of 2016 and 2017, the duo focussed on creating their second album while continuing to play around Southern Ontario. Jennis played main stage shows at the Kitchener Blues Festival August 11, 2018 and at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury in July of 2019.
Jennis’s rootsy sound is at times bluesy, at times funky, jazzy or folky, with a hint of exotic ethnic influences. Jennis has been performing regularly at a variety of venues, including house concerts and festivals all over Ontario and reaching west as far as Northern BC. The material is mostly original, with some Jennisized versions of recognizable classics by the likes of Nina Simone, JJ Cale and Bob Marley along with interpretations of some early American jazz.
The sophomore album The Mirror, was released October 4, 2019 and is now available at Bandcamp.
Thanks to Olya Glotka for creating the video for our new song Sneak Past The Mirror.
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