Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

The Next Gig (NL)
April 2020

In a short time, Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings released two albums. The Girl on The Bike (are you the girl on the bike?) is the third studio album by this British band. During the promotion of this album, a live album – front cover oblong for onlineWhen We Were Live, was recorded on a European tour in MusicStar in Norderstedt Germany. That’s great, because Jenny Wren is a great experience, especially live.
This band, with acoustic Rhythm & Blues and Americana, consists of guitarist Ben Gallon, on the resonator guitar Ben Fisher and as a modest centrepiece, often found at the back of the stage, the front woman and double bassist Jenny Trilsbach. It is especially her impressive vocals that make this band a special experience. Earlier this band released the fantastic album, Dead Man’s Hat from 2014, still highly recommended, and in 2016, A Soup as a great successor…
…Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings has a huge fan base where they perform. The experience of this trio is overwhelming and they are often asked back. In the North, for example, Peter and Leni in Steendam and De Speelplaats in Baars are permanent addresses. In Germany this includes MusicStar in Norderstedt, where the beautiful recordings with an excellent mix of songs from older and new material were taken for ‘When We Were Live’.
The album immediately indulges us with a beautiful performance of ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ and the newer ‘Balls Mad’. Compliments to the recordings, which are very good and give a great picture of a live performance of this band. It is a wonderful album with the characteristic raw and delicious vocals of Trilsbach being showcased in songs like the opening ‘Dead man’s Hat’, the fine ‘Devil’s Paw’ or the smooth ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, which is a great song. This live album is a great addition to the studio albums of Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings and offers a lot to enjoy, also because of the short announcements that were included.
The album contains an impressive performance of ‘Hard Blues’ which is very pleasing, a nice and lively ‘Know That I’m Gone’ too, then straight into the energetic ‘Cast Out The Snake’, and then ‘The Girl on The Bike (Are You The Girl On The Bike? )’ which comes into its own even better live than in the studio version. After that, the fantastic ‘The Start’ up-tempo and with wonderful vocals, and then to finish with ‘A Sailor’s Blues’.
The conclusion is, that you can best see Jenny Trilsbach, Ben Gallon and Ben Fisher live on stage, but that this live album by Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings is a fine alternative.

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Jenny Wren And Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

Aldora Britain Records
March 2020
Issue 16.

Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings take it back to the 40s and even the prohibition era with some good time, old time Blues on their long player, The Girl on The Bike (Are You the Girl on The Bike?). The album opens with ‘Balls Mfront-cover-onlinead’, a Bluesy shuffler that really sets the tone. You could almost picture this song being performed in the speakeasies and establishments of ill repute throughout the prohibition era. ‘Showtime’ and ‘The Dirty Disease’ are further powerful R&B statements from this English combo. They showcase the prowess of the Borrowed Wings as they perform acoustic instruments with great proficiency and rhythm, a Blues masterclass. ‘So Much More’ brings the lowdown bass and adds a hard edge and grit to proceedings and ‘Cast Out the Snake’ provides one of the highlights of the record with a jazzed-up bombardment of rootsy musicianship – exceptional. The title track is a seductively charming laid-back number and ‘Hard Blues’ conveys a hard time, bad luck story through sheer Blues balladry.
The album winds down with more Americana Blues in ‘Devil’s Paw’, ‘I’m Gone’, and ’44 Years’. The closing number is the countrified ‘Get Where It Goes’ which provides one final touching moment on the record which is a real highlight to see us out.


Jenny Wren And Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)
by John Van Leersum
November 2019

Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings are a trio from Suffolk and Essex, England. They have been on the road for a number of years, and The Girl On The Bike (are you the girl on the bike?) is their third album. I’ve called their music “Acoustic Goodtime Music” because it’s an amalgam of influences like the blues, old-time jazz, folk, country and soul, basically all the parts of traditional Roots music.
Jenny Wren is actually front-cover-onlinecalled Jenny Trilsbach, she plays the upright bass but more importantly she is the voice of the company, and with that she largely determines the sound, since her voice has a very distinct character, raw and powerful but also sometimes soft and whispering. The most striking feature is its vocal range, somewhat smoky and coming from the diaphragm, a bit similar to the voice of Kris Berry, and here and there, a bit of Eartha Kitt. Another defining element in the sound of the group is the resonator guitar by Ben Fisher who is also vocal, the third able participant is Ben Gallon on acoustic guitar and vocals.
All of the songs are from the different group members. One of the biggest compliments that one can give out to the group is the drive and the tremendous enthusiasm with which they bring their repertoire to the listener. The music breathes the atmosphere of the 30s and 40s, without coming across as archaic. They feel just as at home in a laidback tempo as in a swinging shuffle, so plenty of variety.
The standout track on the album is, for me, the song “Hard Blues”, a Blues that could stem from the 30s sung by Bessie Smith or Ida Cox, however, using atmosphere over volume, more in the style of Maria Muldauer, a compelling piece. Also fine is the song “Get Where It Goes”, a slow sharpener that rubs against the Blues, and in which you can clearly hear they are also instrumental, with the beautiful vibrato of the resonator guitar as the icing on the cake.

John van Leersum

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LIVE REVIEW – Jenny Wren and her Borrowed wings 
Podium Café Peter en Leni – Steendam (NL)

Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings are the band that everyone, who loves beautiful live concerts, should know. In Germany they already understand this. Coming from a long tour of the eastern neighbours, with many concerts, the British band travelled next over the border to Steendam. A performance with Peter and Leni is where bass player and singer Jenny Trilsbach, resonator guitarist Ben Fisher and acoustic guitarist Ben Gallon start on the Netherlands leg of their European tour.Jenny-Wren-2019
The action begins, outside the sight of the general public, with a game. Through a card game, where the cards consist of the songs of the band, this acoustic Rhythm and Blues formation sets the setlist together. The advantage of this shows that almost all the songs remain in rotation regularly, and through some jokers, it is ensured that the setlist is balanced and also that the music from the latest album – The Girl on the Bike (are You the Girl on the Bike?) is showcased. This approach yielded a great opening, with the initially quietly and emphatically performed ‘Dead man’s Hat’.
All three are fantastic musicians, and know how to write excellent songs, but that’s not so uncommon these days. What the band really manages to distinguish from other groups is the phenomenal vocals of Jenny Trilsbach. With the band all standing around one microphone, Trilsbach always knows how to amaze and convince with her vocals. A beautiful and powerful hurricane starts up at the moment that Trilsbach sings. Raw and tender, and full of emotion. A delicious rough pearl is nestled between her vocal cords that manages to touch the hearts of the listener. However, it is not just the voice. The songs are very fine, and for example, in a song like ‘Cast out The Snake’ you have a nice interplay between the guitars before it’s whispering end.
All three albums released by the band are beautiful, the first album – Dead man’s Hat is phenomenal, from that album comes the powerful ‘The Start’. What followed was a fine naval blues with ‘A Sailor’s Blues’, coming from the second album – A Soup, then the strong intense ‘I’m Gone’, the full of tragedy ‘Showtime’, and the beautiful quiet ‘The Leaving’.
The only thing that actually gets in the way of the band is their own modesty. They don’t blow their own trumpets, even in the stories from Trilsbach, she regularly apologizes that she has to refer to the merch stand yet again, but explains that if you want to survive as an artist, CD sales are a necessity. Her substantive stories are fine, but they are best placed with a bit more flair.
Just before the break we hear still more beautiful highlights of the concert with ’44 Years’ and ‘Out With The Old’.
After the break, it continues on the way, starting with ‘Devil’s Paw’ a song about the town where Trilsbach grew up, then we hear the catchy ‘The Dirty Disease’. After the highlight number ‘Don’t bring Me Down’, Trilsbach, who is already energetic all the time, can be heard in solo for the intro of ‘So Much More’ and proves just how good she can do it. After this excellent concert full of quality, it is then time for the farewell. That comes with a song written for an arts project about the phases of life ‘Wooden Nickels’, from this project also comes the previously performed and very sensitive ‘Until it’s My Time to Go’. We then hear the title track from the newly released album, the very powerful ‘The Girl on the Bike (are You the Girl on The Bike?)’. The concert ends with the beautiful encore of ‘This Song Is A Lie’.
We know that Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings are too modest, but do not be fooled, they are a fantastic live band.
You have the option, go and see them and let them amaze you.

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Jenny Wren And Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)
Hot Wax Album Reviews
by The Rock Doctor
October 2019

Mesmerising percussion-free acoustic blues here for this trio’s 3rd album. Jenny Trilsbach (vocals, double bass), Ben Fisher (resophonic guitar, vocals) and Ben Gallon (acoustic guitar, vocals) play with an intuitive togetherness that works its way right into your heart via your ear canals. You’ll want to drink it all in.

Why blues and roots music that comes back from the UK seems cooler is baffling, but once again that’s the case with Girl On The Bike. Quirky title yes, but seriously excellent playing. Fine guitar work from the two Bens, and Jenny’s slinky bass lines are the back bone on which everything hangs. Her passionate vocals are the star, delivering compelling stories in a way that stick with you.

On first seeing the album cover I wasn’t sure I would like this, but it’s delightfully cool, even without drums. On songs like Balls Mad and I’m Gone they hold nothing back, and a lament like 44 Years is emotionally deep. Perhaps it’s the sparseness of the arrangement and production, the lyrics themselves, or both, but there’s an emotional darkness and weight to Girl On A Bike that will touch you. This is really good.


LIVE REVIEW – Jenny Wren and her Borrowed wings 
MusicStar, Norderstedt (DE)

Music that cleans the soul after a hard-working week

Rhythm and Blues of a somewhat quieter sort mixed with some Americana stood up tonight. The trio from England captured the audience immediately. A short introduction playing on the double bass, the resophonic guitar and the acoustic guitar and then Jenny Wren raised her voice and henceforth took the entire room for herself. A microphone could have been completely superfluous. Volume and power, where does this little woman get this from? Then a slow-slow-slow number of the absolute extra class. One could feel the sustain of every battered heart right to the end, the sound DSC_3989of the voice filling the room, overspread the audience with an extremely pleasant feeling. Sensational. I had trouble keeping my eyes dry. I am sure some tears followed the gravity and were absorbed by the carpet. Then another Midtempo number with wonderfully shimmering guitars playing a great solo here and there. The applause became more and more and seemed to cease to end. 98 minutes of soulful, beautiful songs filled the cuddly music living room played enthusiastically from start to finish.

I went with no preconceptions of the band and came away completely thrilled. That’s how it should be. Everyone there was given the chance to experience a wonderful evening.

Light is excellent as always, thanks Ulf. Sound just class. Every single note came beautifully from the stage. Thank you, Wolfgang. Another thank you to Thomas for the repeatedly great announcements and not least to the camera people who capture each of these magical moments.

Thomas Fuchs

Jenny Wren And Her Borrowed Wings – Norderstedt – Music Star – 26.04.2018

Rhythm` Blues der etwas ruhigeren Art gemischt mit etwas Americana stand heute Abend an. Das Trio aus England nahm das Publikum sofort gefangen. Zurückhaltenes Spiel auf der Dobro und der Gitarre, Kontrabass auch nicht mehr als notwendig und dann erhob Jenny ihre Stimme und nahm fortan den gesamten Raum für sich in Beschlag. Ein Mikrofon wäre völlig überflüssig gewesen ob des Organs. Volumen und Power, woher nimmt diese kleine Frau das nur? Dann eine Slow-Slow-Slow-Nummer der absoluten Extraklasse. Man konnte gefühlt das Sustain jeder angeschlagenen Seite zu Ende genießen, die Stimme legte sich formatfüllend in den Raum, überzog das Publikum mit einem wohligen Gefühl. Sensationell. Ich hatte Mühe die Augen trocken zu halten. Ich bin mir sicher: Die eine oder andere Träne folgte der Schwerkraft und wurde vom Teppich aufgesogen. Dann wieder Midtemponummern mit herrlich flirrenden Gitarren. Hier und da ein großartiges Solo. Der Applaus wurde immer mehr und schien alsbald nicht mehr enden zu wollen. 98 Minuten gefühlvolle, wunderschöne Lieder erfüllten heute Abend das kuschelige Musikwohnzimmer und begeisterten auf voller Linie.
Ich bin völlig erwartungslos hingefahren und völlig begeistert habe ich den Club verlassen. So soll es sein.

Am Rande:
Viele Leute hatte die überaus bezaubernde Jenny und ihre geborgten Flügel leider nicht hinterm Ofen hervorlocken können. Wer da war, hat einen wundervollen Abend erleben dürfen.
Licht hervorragend wie immer. Danke Ulf. Sound einfach nur klasse. Jede einzelne Note kam räumlich ortbar von der Bühne. Danke Wolfgang. Ein weiteres Danke an Thomas für die immer wieder tollen Ansagen und nicht zuletzt an die Kameraleute, die jeden dieser magischen Momente einfangen.
In der Pause und nach dem Auftritt verkaufte Jenny ihre beiden CD`s. 10.-€ das Stück sind ein mehr als fairer Preis.


LIVE REVIEW – Phenomenal singing with Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings
Podium Café, Peter en Leni, Steendam (NL)

Richard Waganaar
20th May 2017

Behind the stage of Peter & Leni in Steendam, hiding behind her big double bass and her two band members is the almost unnoticed Jenny Trilsbach. However, the people who previously attended a Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings concert know that this is the spot on the stage to keep an eye on. The band is not named after Paul McCartney’s song, but to the Wren, in the Netherlands the Winter King. A little bird with a huge song to match the phenomenal singing voice of Trilsbach. With ‘Out With The Old’ as the first song there is straight away a head scratching moment, where the audience is completely surprised by a voice that contains so much power and emotion while at the same time being raw and melodic. Jenny-Wren-and-her-B-W
Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings are one of those growing brillants that occasionally come from the British Isles to entertain us with their wonderful mix of blues, R & B with influences of country and soul. Strong point is the vocal, but also fine guitar work by Ben Gallon and soundproofing resonator guitar work by Ben Fisher with the trilbach bassist to complete the trilogy. The formation have just released the new album ‘A Soup’ as a sequel to their debut ‘Dead Man’s Hat’. On stage a wonderful mix of both albums and also new songs coming on the yet to be recorded third album of the trio. Strong point is the change, from ultra sensitive to a true party number and from tortoise to cheetah speed. Especially this was an acoustic concert, only enhanced with microphones on stage and no plugged instruments. It made everything even more beautiful. Strong songs like ‘Twisted Nail’, ‘This Song is A Lie’ and ‘Some Big Deal’ brought the concert to an extremely high level early on. Very impressive that this British band was able to hold that high level of energy for the rest of the concert. The love for the music and wishing to share with the audience was at the forefront. The songs were beautifully spoken by the singer and hope was given for the future. A new album is hopefully on the horizon for next year, and with the beautiful ‘Hard Blues’ and ‘Cast out the Snake’ it looks to be another jewel.
As the concert progresses, n
ice were the transitions too. From the delicate and beautiful ‘Days Gone’, then to the atmosphere being spirited off to New Orleans for party number ‘Dead Man’s Hat’. After the sensitive ‘Wooden Nickels’ and the smooth swinging ‘Bumblebee’, the concert was complete. But because the band clearly have so much fun playing together their music and following applause after applause, they returned with the sensitive ‘Until It’s My Time To Go’ followed after the announcement was called out to Peter van Zeijl, can we do another, by ‘Too Tired’ a highlight from their debut album.

A sensationally beautiful concert.

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Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records) 

Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony
March 2017

This acoustic trio from the U.K. dabbles in music that takes from roots music, blues, jazz, old timey music and folk music. Jenny Trilsbach handles lead vocal and double bass while Ben Gallon plays acoustic guitar anFRONT COVER for Headed paperd Ben Fisher on Resophonic guitar. Both Bens supply backup vocals. There are no guest musicians and all compositions are generated by the members. Although the instrumentation is the same throughout, they keep things fresh with a variety of rhythms and guitar interplay. Jenny’s voice has a bit of a rough edge to it and that lends a touch of authenticity to the songs. The guitarists work out very enjoyable intertwining guitar parts. The band accomplishes a lot with a little.

The opening “A Sailor’s Blues” flies sprightly by, clocking in 1:32, featuring some nice slide playing by Ben Fisher. Next up is the slow and deliberate ballad “The Leaving”. Jenny’s voice attains a melancholy and yearning quality. The guitar here is liltingly lovely. “Until It’s My Time To Go” maintains a similar vibe. Jenny’s voice cries out at the appropriate times. Ben Gallon’s guitar takes on the jazzy spirit of Django Reinhardt on the upbeat “Don’t Bring Me Down”. The whimsical and breezy “Brick By Brick” gets a similar treatment.

Ben Fisher provides some mellow slide playing on “Some Big Deal”. Jenny’s bass is prominent on the beat heavy “Sucker On The Vine”. The slow “This Song Is A Lie” is the recipient of some very nicely melodic guitar from both players. All three players are in tandem at the onset of “The Promised Land”, a song that harkens back to the hey day of folk music.

A nice change of pace from three gifted and imaginative musicians. Rest your weary ears upon the intricate and often jazzy acoustic guitar play. The band has crafted interesting lyrics to compliment the creative music within. This CD is a welcome relief to the usual electric guitar barrages we have been so used to. Give a listen to this collection of well crafted original tunes. It’s no easy task pulling well done songs out of thin air.

Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony hails from the New Jersey Delta.


Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

Steve Marlow
January 2017

Some wonderfully inventive things can happen when a distinctly American style of music is interpreted by non-Americans. In this case, it’s classic blues and country. Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings hail from the UK and they bring a UK folk mind-set to traditional American blues, folk and country. Whereas classic blues tends toFRONT COVER for Headed paper be dour and a bit depressing, Jenny Wren brings a whimsy to the country blues sound of the American past. And American country tends to be about sorrow and heartache, Wren’s take on country is more playful and uplifting. The subject matter takes on a bit of a British tint too, with blues and country songs about sailors and creeping vines. With just two guitars, plus Jenny’s vocals and her own upright bass, the music is minimalist but the listener rarely feels like they’re missing anything. There’s even a bit of an old-time jazz swing feel to a number of these songs. A Soup is just their second album, and it’s a satisfying and mature album overall.

By Steve Marlow
Jan 3, 2017


Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

December 2016

A particular slice of London, UK. Jenny Wren (Jenny Trilsbach) plays upright bass and sings with a bluesy, sexy voice. The Borrowed Wings are Ben Gallon (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Ben Fisher (resophonicFRONT COVER for Headed paper guitar, vocals). Jenny Wren and her Ben had been a nice name for the group. ‘A soup “is the second CD of Wren and her Bens after’ Dead man’s hat ‘from 2014. All songs are originals, three of Jenny, five gallon and four Fisher. The thirteenth song jointly written. I had my first listens, think of Eileen Jewell, the atmosphere is similar. But Wren and her boys embrace more (rhythm and) blues. And succeed wonderfully in order to come across pleasant. Especially the vocals of Jenny and Fisher guitar making its taste and pleasurable.
A surprisingly nice group, a surprisingly fun CD. For lovers of light rough female voices and tasty rhythm ‘n blues. (Creature Records)

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Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

Cis Van Looy
November 2016

Two guitars and a bass, with this ‘limited’ toolbox Jenny (Vibration Bach) Wren, an Essex native daughter, and Her Borrowed Wings fill their second recyclable cover packaged album. The acoustic guitars of Ben Gallon and Ben Fisher support the vocals of Wren, which the great bassist personally and enthusiastically grapples and cuddles in thirteen homemade songs composed alternately by Wren and Her Musical companions.FRONT COVER for Headed paper

From the first song, A Sailor’s Blues you will get not only impressed that something special is going on.
A Sailor’s Blues is a short rhythmic finger picking exercise that paves the way for the magnificent The Leaving, completely in the tradition of forgotten black blue ladies of a bygone age. The folky tune Until It’s Time To Go, pulls Wren’s raw vocal alongside the primitive rhythm of Sick And Tired (unrelated to the eponymous song by Chris Kenner, the R & B shouter from New Orleans) the only song written from the trio together.  Particularly contagious work and that can be said of the swinging ragtime of Don’t Bring Me Down.

Invariably played with inspiration, just listen to the elaborate Sucker On The Vine. Although we listen to Jenny sing somewhere ‘This song is a lie’, we witness this diverse collection of a disarming honesty that lasts more with each listening.
Her first album Dead Man’s hat was seen here shamefully overlooked, that should not happen with A Soup.  This stripped-down piece with an inventive combination of divergent rootsy styles, reflects a timeless allure and instantly creates the perfect occasion for a tour in our region.

By Cis Van Looy
Nov 7, 2016

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Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

Alan Pearce
October 2016

Between Jenny Trilsbach’s pretty and strident vocal and some delightfully subtle playing from Ben Gallon and Ben Fisher this definitely does justice to the 13 songs here. I guess you would put them into the classic rhythm and blues genre with touches of country and even a little bluegrass hidden away in there. Fisher’s resophonic guitar is almost understated but you would definitely miss its influence and with no electric instruments on show (as well as no percussion) there is a disarming simplicity to the sound. Trilsbach plays a mean double bass but again, it doesn’t dominate as it can in some other bands. I tried – and failed – to think of whose pigeon hole I would pitch them into; they aren’t a FRONT COVER for Headed paperretro bluegrass band and they aren’t a throwback acoustic blues crew. Oddly enough the nearest thing I could think of – and they are nothing like them – was a cross between Dan Hicks and Katzenjammer. There is a swing feeling to some of their music and they clearly have influences from all over but the bottom line is that this is a band very much of their own making. Their debut album Dead Man’s Hat was very well received and there has been a fairly intense pressure for this album to be close to that high mark; in the end it stands up strongly to the previous album and proves that the band have been developing and growing. Lovely stuff.

By Alan Pearce
Oct 22, 2016


Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

(Creature Records)

Dani Hayvaert
September 2016

Jenny Wren is a young English multi-instrumentalist from Essex, England, which is to come to its second record in trio form with her companions, the Bens, Gallon and Fisher, a highly skilled on the Resophonic, the other on ‘ordinary’ acoustic guitar. Her real name Jenny is just called Vibration Bach and she is the vocal face of the band.
In this new album the trio presents thirteen self-penned songs, neatly divided between the three band members and, as already mentioned, sober little arranged with no more than three acoustic instruments (four, if you count the voice) simultaneously.FRONT COVER for Headed paper

Three quarters of an hour the band takes you on a journey that leads along many familiar houses from the roots music: sometimes there’s country, sometimes blues, sometimes they go the old-time Tour, then again bring soul and rhythm & blues the upper hand. This leads to a very diverse, very listenable record, which this trio makes merged and play together the instruments in a very original and innovative way, which appears to have a very nice side effect: I listen six times and seven times more and more and I want to see this trio live in action.
Now, in the meantime, I sample the cocktail of music on the plate before me- The opener ‘A Sailor ‘s Blues’, ‘The Leaving’ about yearning, languorous, and almost as sad ‘Until it’s Time to Go’ which Jenny optimally showcases her vocal qualities and then to the swinging ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, but just as much of anything lomere, jazzy ‘Brick by Brick’ and the sister thereof ‘A-Creeping’ with its delicate vocals of the guys through it, to the closing ‘The Promised Land’, this is a CD that makes you long for a smoky nightclub, the kind where the lighting is scarce, the drinks too expensive but the music excellent.
I wish I could have Jenny Wren to hear live in my home, until that becomes reality, this record will often come to the CD player and will accompany us on many an overnight road trip. And a fine, attractive package from all recycled materials.

Fine album from a band that our northern neighbours already had seen but once again descend urgently needs to Brussels!

By Dani Heyvaert
SEP, 2016


LIVE REVIEW – Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings sends Steendam swinging
Podium Café, Peter en Leni


Richard Waganaar
April 2016

STEENDAM, NETHERLANDS – Before the concert Jenny Wren is anything but reminiscent of a Rhythm and Blues Diva, soft voice and a bit shy. But once on the stage behind her bass, she opens her mouth in ‘Twisted Nail’ and we can hear that there is clearly a unique voice at the Podium cafe for Peter and Leni in Steendam, for the first Dutch performance of the three piece Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings.
Besides front woman Jenny Wren are Ben Fisher with his resonator guitar and Ben Gallon with his acoustic guitar. Jenny Wren’s shyness soon expires 9and by the end of the first set, we hear the band as a wonderful company that makes devotedly music based on the mastery of their instruments, the strong vocals, also in harmony and beautiful own compositions. Great songs come by. Occasionally some more mellow as ‘Too Tired’, sensitive ‘Days Gone’ and the beautiful’ Her Dreams’. The focus of the first set is the end to wonderful probing ‘Until It’s My Time To Go’ a song about aging and Wren lets us hear the great depth in her voice, and she then reveals the raw edge and beautiful ‘My Only Friend’.
After the break, it is a beautiful fantastic concert. The power and depth of the vocals are at their best. With two swinging songs’ Show Time’ and ‘The Start’ the foot is firmly on the gas. One with ‘The Leaving’ gas taken back, but that is a run up to the great and sung with power ‘Brick by Brick’ and after another breather in ‘Wooden Nickels’ follows the phenomenal ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ the title track of the debut CD from Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings. Three-tempo songs including ‘The Sailor’s Blues’ brings the concert to an end. The audience claps for more and bring the band back on stage. They turn off the electrics, venture into the audience and the band plays acoustically the wonderful classic ‘Trouble in Mind’ as an encore.
What an introduction!
A beautiful company of musicians who deliver their songs with passion, based on an excellent control of their instruments and with the extraordinary voice of Jenny Wren.

Richard Waganaar
Apr 12, 2016

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Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings
Dead Man’s Hat
(Creature Records)


Matthew Boulter
February 2015

Back to Basics trio playing anglicised Americana –
Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings are a relatively new three piece whose Spartan arrangements sound earnest and intricate in equal measure. Jenny sings and plays double bass while her Borrowed Wings, Ben Fisher and Ben Gallon, cd-front-smallplay resonator and acoustic guitars. There are eleven tracks on ‘Dead Man’s Hat’, which combine mainly Jenny’s lyrical musings on life and love while the two Bens’ dirt road sounding guitars dance with each other in the background. The individuality of each player comes across in this debut and it does not seem surprising that both Jenny and the two Bens have forged their own musical niches, alone and as part of an impressive array of artists across the Americana genre, before coming together for this record. ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ is an honest sounding record displaying three musicians at their most intuitive and sympathetic.

Matthew Boulter
Feb 17, 2015