Jen Chapin Concert

a benefit to end hunger

Jen Chapin Concert

Singer songwriter Jen Chapin and the Jen Chapin Trio, featuring Jamie Fox on guitar and Stephan Crump on acoustic bass, will perform a benefit concert at St Michael’s on August 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is $20.  You may pay at the door, or reserve a seat by downloading this form: Jen Chapin order form 

Proceeds will be split between Why Hunger (whyhunger.org) and three local feeding ministries in Litchfield:  The Food Pantry at St Michael’s, the Goshen Green Garden, and Food Rescue in Litchfield.  Information about these groups will be available at the concert and at a reception in the Community House afterwards.

WhyHunger champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.  The Goshen Green Garden grows and donates fresh food from its garden.  Volunteers from Food Rescue US NWCT pick up food that would otherwise be wasted, and deliver it to local food pantries and soup kitchens.  The Food Pantry at Saint Michael’s opens its doors on the third Saturday of the month to provide non-perishable food, frozen meals and fresh baked goods, eggs and vegetables to all in need.

And the need is real.  Even in northwest Connecticut, at least 10% of our neighbors and 16% of our children are food insecure:  They have to choose between paying for housing, medicine, transportation, or food.  Many who receive government food assistance run out of the benefits before the end of the month, and many families that earn too much to qualify for government food assistance programs still struggle to make ends meet.  The quality of the food they can afford is less nutritious than more costly, healthy food.  So volunteer and faith based groups are stepping in to address these gaps in the food system.

Jen Chapin’s music speaks to these issues:  It expresses her ongoing passion to learn more about the world, and its emerging pathways to greater social justice.  It is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning.   Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful … worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today.”

Donations may be sent to “Goshen Green Garden,” with “Chapin concert” on the memo line, at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle St, Goshen, Ct 06756.;

To learn more about hunger in the Northwest Corner, read “Starved for Attention – Food Insecurity in Northwest Connecticut.”

For more about Jen Chapin – jenchapin.com

For more about WhyHunger – whyhunger.org

“With songs delivered in a style that ranges from tender fragility to unexpected steeliness, Chapin brings a jazzy edge to the folk form. Sometimes she explores a fleeting emotion, sometimes she weaves a solid narrative—not at all surprising from the daughter of Harry Chapin, a master musical storyteller.”  — The New Yorker

Jen Chapin has been celebrated for writing “brilliant soulfully poetic urban folk music” (NPR) for over a decade, beginning with her debut, Open Wide, in 2002.  Nurtured in and around NYC by a large family of artists, writers, and musicians, Jen’s “observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) songwriting features both her “extraordinary voice” (De krenten uit de pop, The Netherlands) and “astonishing jazz band” (popmatters), the combination of which has garnered her well-deserved praise, solidified by appearances on Late Nite with Conan O’Brien, NPR’s Mountain Stage, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, WFUV’s Sunday Breakfast with John Platt, Mary Sue Twohy’s Folk Village and the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Satellite.

As much as an artistic legacy, the roots of Jen’s upbringing have inspired her “potent, jazzy, layered folk” (Newsday) songs and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger (founded by her late father Harry Chapin), and other food justice groups. She has performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen, on bills with Aimee Mann, Bruce Hornsby, and The Neville Brothers, her rendition of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” was recently featured in an episode of the SyFy TV series “Defiance” and her song, “Go Away” honored by the USA Songwriting Competition.   Jen Chapin’s new release Reckoning, produced and engineered by five-time GRAMMY© Winner Kevin Killen (U2, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush) is a new collection of urban folk/jazz/pop storytelling songs, reckoning with the challenge of balancing creative ambitions with the immediate demands of mothering small children, combined with a good dose of social commentary.