Jen Cork


"...a superb vocal stylist"

-Finger Lakes Music Press


Jen Cork is the kind of powerful singer/songwriter who silences barrooms with one vocal phrase. A well-known contributor to the robust Ithaca, NY music scene, Cork enjoys ruminating on the history of objects, spaces, and emotions, and attempts to harness their energy through her music. It has been said that her voice sounds like history--that one can hear legacy in her songs.

Known as the bandleader of folk/jazz outfit Jen Cork & the Good Hope, Cork is also a solo singer/songwriter--(“...stands out among the top tier...of talented singer songwriters in the region”-Finger Lakes Music Press) as well as an enthusiastic collaborator. Named Ithaca’s "Best Female Singer" of 2015, she has also been called “a superb vocal stylist” by Finger Lakes Music Press and was most recently selected to play with her band at the 2017 Confluence benefit for the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.

Cork is currently crafting her first solo record out of sticks and some dirt, an old baritone uke, and the 1904 upright grand piano she learned on at age 6. Found sounds, furious instrumental and vocal layering, and a rougher, more honest edge define Jen's current work. She sounds like sad days with happy endings.




Photographer: Jonathan Hochberg/Finger Lakes Music Press

Musician: Jen Cork & the Good Hope

Festival: Porchfest, Ithaca, NY 2016