A Minute with Jenna Moynihan

Convention meets invention when award-winning Boston-based fiddler Jenna Moynihan brings her Scottish-infused contemporary fiddle style to our Headliners Series with guitarist Owen Marshall on Saturday, November 20. She took a minute to chat with us about her beginnings, fiddling in Boston, and what’s next for her.  Buy tickets to see Jenna Moynihan and Owen Marshall on November 20 at 8pm

Where and how did you get your start as a fiddler?
I started on the instrument with Suzuki lessons when I was about seven, but it wasn’t until a couple years later that I learned my first Scottish fiddle tune and my whole world changed!

How did Boston shape your musical style?
I moved to Boston in 2009 to attend Berklee College of Music, and since then have been so lucky to be part of the exciting Boston music community. That community at-large is genre-defying, and so warm and supportive. I’ve heard and gotten to play so much music and am constantly learning from my peers. I feel very at home here.

You are known as an experimentalist, venturing outside the traditional yet honoring it in as you dip your toe into more contemporary styles. Tell us about that. 
My excitement for playing first grew from a love of the Scottish fiddle tradition, and that is still very much my musical home, but the deeper I went with the instrument, I discovered other fiddle styles and many of those styles have crept into my playing, too (Swedish, Appalachian, Irish most noteably). I’ve also spent a lot of time in a supportive role, in Americana/Folk leaning bands with singers, which naturally has influenced what I might hear or choose to (or not to!) play and impacts how I approach my instrument.

What is on your playlist now?
I’ve had Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan’s new duo record on repeat Still As Your Sleeping, a beautiful re-envisioning of many trad ballads. I’m also loving Arooj Aftab’s, gorgeous Vulture Prince record.

What is next for you?
I’ll be wrapping up 2021 with A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, hosted by Brian O’Donovan. The show will be in person at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, as well as a virtual offering. In the new year, I’m teaching at various fiddle camps and will be on tour with Seamus Egan Project. And perhaps some new recordings a little further down the line. I feel very grateful to slowly be able to play and tour again safely.

See Jenna Moynihan and Owen Marshall on Saturday, November 20 at 8pm

Blackman Hall at Indian Hill Music | 36 King Street, Littleton, MA
Tickets: $25 | Online Advance Sales Only
Free for Indian Hill Music Students (Call 978-486-9524 for student tickets)