B.C.’s Jenny Lester returns to Cowichan as our festival “Jambassador.” Look for her on the festival grounds and join her for a “Jam with Jenny” workshop.
Jenny Lester has been one of Canada’s pioneering women on the Western Canada bluegrass scene since the ripe old age of eight, when she began on fiddle with her family’s Driftwood Canyon Family Band out of Smithers, B.C. She is a dynamic Canadian bluegrass performer and recording artist who has established herself as an important singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her original songs are carefully crafted in the bluegrass convention while at the same time displaying a contemporary freshness and vitality that breathes new life into the fabled “high lonesome” sound. After nearly a decade of touring West Coast festivals with her family band, Jenny won a musical scholarship to South Plains College in Texas, graduating with honours and three Golden Reel awards. The journey moved in the 1990s through Dark Horse based in Colorado, the Australian trio performing at Leo Foo Village in Taiwan, John Reischman and Bluegrass Signal in Vancouver, BC, and the Jenny Lester Trio. Music videos, telethons and documentaries were recorded in the 1980’s of the family band.
As Jenny’s career continued she appeared in Discovery, Disney and PBS movies. In 1998 Jenny released the internationally acclaimed debut album Friends Like You. The turn of the millennium brought together two new CDs with the world touring, Yukon-based band, Hungry Hill. Her love of music has been paralleled by her love of horses and Jenny devotes her life to both.