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Jenny Berkel's haunting folk  

Winnipeg singer-songwriter displays her new LP Here on the Wire

Although she grew up in a family of musicians and had taken piano lessons when she was young, Ontario-born folk artist Jenny Berkel grew up expecting to become a writer. She wrote stories and poems on the family's clunky desktop. It wasn't until she moved to Winnipeg to try journalism that she realized it wasn't the right fit. "I was living alone at the time, with a guitar that I'd been dragging around for a while but never playing," she recalls. "My apartment was enormous and full of character, but almost void of furniture due to my empty pockets. The acoustics were beautiful and I was a little bit lonesome in a new city, so I started spending more time with my guitar. And that's when I began writing songs." Her new album, Here on the Wire, is a meditation on isolation, world travel, and family tragedy. Indeed, her album has been called "haunting" by critics. Not to be mistaken for gloomy, her songs will leave you in deep contemplation.

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