Power-house acoustic duo Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells and guitarist and banjo player Kent Kessinger. Other members for a fuller ensemble include Margaret Marie on mandolin and harmony vocals and Zina Pozen on accordion. The band adds contemporary context to ancient folk songs and tunes of Eastern Europe, Celtic countries and the Americas.
Lee Corbie-Wells has been playing violin since the age of 6. Her parents, both music teachers in San Francisco (Lee’s hometown), taught her Celtic and American tunes by ear, fostering her love of folk music. Since adolescence, she has played in numerous Celtic and Americana bands. In her early twenties, Lee became passionate about learning Scottish Gaelic as well as other Celtic languages and became dedicated to learning songs from all different Celtic language traditions. Although she primarily plays Celtic and North American fiddle music, Lee has taken her years of experience in Blues and Folk improvisation and branched out into explorations of Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, and Latin genres. Currently she plays fiddle and sings in a Scandinavian-Bluegrass band called Kaptain Bottletop.
Kent Kessinger is from around Durham, North Carolina. He used to be a cook, and he got to cook a mid rare filet mignon for Doc Watson at one point. He became interested in migration issues and made some films around the subject. He is heavily influenced by the music of Doc Watson, Philipp Glass, Jose Gonzales and Reverend Gary Davis.
Zina Pozen is a familiar face in the Bay Area and Seattle Balkan music scenes. Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in a family of classical musicians, playing piano from a tender age. As an adult, Zina picked up the accordion and started playing traditional Eastern European repertoire. She is a founding member of Seattle’s infamous Bucharest Drinking Team. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, Zina has been playing klezmer with Orchestra Euphonos, rembetika with MetaNastys, and old Soviet songs at so many after-parties and impromptu jams.
Margaret Marie (or Margie) is Lee Corbie-Wells’ older sister. Although they grew up in the same house, Margie had a very different musical experience growing up. She has been in several punk bands, traveling all over the states and Europe. She is a self-taught musician, with a superb harmonic intuition, playing mandolin, guitar, and piano. She has done many murals around the Mission District of San Francisco, and also does tattoos. Currently she has gotten involved in a folk band of Greek musicians, singing and writing songs in Greek, English and Arabic.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!