Joe Jencks sings with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. A 25-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Jencks is known for his music of social consciousness and has penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor. Joe is also a dual U.S./Irish citizen and has served as a Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. State Department.
Jencks has just released his 17th recording, The Coming of the Years - an album that stands firmly in the modern Celtic traditions and is still quintessentially a Joe Jencks record imbued with class-consciousness. Centered around songs Jencks wrote while on tour in Ireland over a 12-year period, this album emerges as a synergistic blend of past and present merging with themes of immigration spanning multiple generations. Jencks’ 2017 CD Poets, Philosophers, Workers, and Wanderers earned #1 Artist, #1 Album, and #1 Song on the North American Folk DJ Chart as well as spending several weeks at #1 on the SIRIUS XM Americana Chart. From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to Festivals across the US and Canada, Joe Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond.