The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series kicked off this year with ‘Jenny & The Barbs,’ a vocal trio, on January 9. The singers—Jennifer Gillies from Pembroke, Barbara Fox from Lubec, and Barbara Smith from Eastport—have graciously agreed to share the video recording EAC made of their casual concert and talk, which includes an exciting variety of three-part songs and discussion.

Singers Jenny Gillies (from left), Barb Smith and Barbara Fox delighted a Sunday series full house on January 9. All photos with this story by L. Elwood.

Weekly singing with Jenny & Barb got me through the worst of the pandemic,” said Smith. The singers became friends while singing in Quoddy Voices, and even earlier, for Fox and Smith. For pandemic therapy and enjoyment, the three have met weekly to work on their music, and enjoyed their chance to shine for the EAC Sunday series. “We three will continue singing together for fun,” noted Fox, “and we look forward to contributing several of our songs to the Quoddy Voices concerts planned for May 27 and 29.” “I love our trio,” piped up Smith, “as well as singing with the larger chorus.”

The singers’ set list, which can be enjoyed in the video below, is as follows:
“The Alphabet”, A Musical Joke (attributed to Mozart)
“Storm Comin’” (by Ruth Moody, as sung by the Wailin’ Jennys)
“Psallite” (by Michael Praetorius, arranged by Russell Robinson)
“Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” (Words and music by Billy Joel, arranged by Roger Emerson)
“Crabbuckit”  (“The Good Lovelies” cover)
“Si n’os huviera mirado” (by Cristobal de Morales, Spanish 16th century)
“Though Philomela Lost Her Love”, (madrigal by Thomas Morley)
“Bright Morning Stars” (Traditional, arranged by The Wailin’ Jennys)
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (Spiritual, arranged by Charles B. Macklin)
“Cold and Fugue Season” (by J. S. Bach, arranged by Ellen Foncannon)
“May It Be” (composed by Enya and Roma Ryan)
“Strike It Up Tabor” (Madrigal, by Thomas Weelkes)

For more great content in this vein, check out Moose Island Mischief, the Eastport Arts Center podcast, with a special episode all about Quoddy Voices, including singer Jenny Gillies of ‘Jenny & the Barbs’!

The Sunday series will continue with presentations on April 3 and April 10. A finale is being scheduled for May, date TBA. To view the rest of the series lineup, please visit https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/. Please note: voluntary donations sustain these programs; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers.