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Wailin' Jennys change

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 – The Wailin' Jennys announced Wednesday the addition of Heather Masse to the band, replaacing Annabelle Chvostek. Joining founding members Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody, the New York-based musician has a bluegrass and jazz background.

Masse is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and also performs with the Wayfaring Strangers, Joy Kills Sorrow and Heather & The Barbarians. Masse will join the trio for The Wailin' Jennys' spring U.S. tour.

Chvostek joined The Wailin' Jennys 2 years ago and has played 233 shows with the band in Canada, the U.S., Great Britain and Australia. Chvostek will focus her energies on her solo project and plans to tour with her own ensemble, according to Red House Records, the label of the Wailin' Jennys.

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