The Wailin’ Jennys

40 Days

The women of Winnipeg, Canada’s Wailin’ Jennys are like a cross between Irish songstresses The Corrs (not counting brother Jim) and the country-harmony-queen trio of Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. Similar to both in their choice of songs, their impressive musicianship and attractive looks, the Jennys are something to behold. The trio’s first full-length, 40 Days, is a very fine collection of mostly originals, with a couple of traditional Irish tunes and a song each by Neil Young (“Old Man”) and John Hiatt thrown into the lovely mix. Each member penned three originals, and one of the highlights is vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player Nicky Mehta’s “Arlington,” precious not only for its beautiful vocals and fine playing, but also for its tender, imaginative lyrics: “Where is the sun in the night/ Is it cold…/ Does it feel left behind/ All alone, all alone…” The Wailin’ Jennys will be at the Bean Scene Sat., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Call 345-8136 for details.