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Tight vocal harmonies fuse with country, rock and blues influences in The
Bloomers, a new Portland-based duo with Pip Walter and Jenny Van West.
Their repertoire of original material and roots Americana reflects
influences from Bonnie Raitt to Wanda Jackson and Richard Thompson to
Jenny Van West has been honing her craft for years as a vocalist,
songwriter, fiddle player and rhythm guitarist. Her original songs hit with
passion and humor on the many facets of human vulnerability, and are
delivered with potent stage presence and vocal horsepower listeners have
compared to Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris. Her loves of roots country,
blues, gospel, and traditional fiddle styles pervade her vocal and
instrumental work, and she is claiming her place in acoustic music in
Vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Pip Walter has been a fixture in the Maine
roots music scene since the late seventies, collaborating with many of the
best talents in the region. He accompanied up-and-coming artists Manny
Verzosa and Slaid Cleaves before departing the US for London. Back in the
States, his vocal harmony-driven group The Piners won the new band
competition at Winterhawk in 1997, toured nationally and released two
albums. Walter plays a variety of instruments freelance, and is a longtime
member of the Franco-Mainiac group Boréal Tordu. Also in 1997, Walter
founded Track Farm Studios with partner Matt Robbins. The Track Farm's
recording projects have included Ronnie Dawson, King Memphis, The Raging
Teens, Moot Davis, Sean Mencher and Shanna Underwood. Some of these records
have appeared on Walter's own label, Brick House Music.