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What People Say About Janie Meneely and Calico Jack
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"Tom and I very much enjoyed your concert.  Your songs with their introductions and area history are wonderful.  They have a delightful humor, rhythms, and spirit. We're looking forward to your new CD."

Kathy and Tom Dove

 

“Stories of one’s heritage must be told and heard in order to remain alive and powerful. Count on Janie Meneely to make that heritage lively and memorable through her evocative songs and exuberant performance.”

Davina Grace Hill
Executive Director
Chesapeake Arts Center
Brooklyn Park, MD 21225

Calico Jack concerts are a perpetual crowd-pleaser at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Summertime Maritime Concert series. Janie and Paul’s music celebrates our heritage, our culture and our natural habitat, and the audience loves hearing these authentic Chesapeake Bay musicians singing about the Bay with the Bay as a backdrop.

Mary Ostrye
Administrative Manager
Annapolis Maritime Museum

When Janie Meneely picks up her guitar and wraps her buoyant voice around a folk tune, she becomes a singer of people and places Chesapeake. . . . She draws an appreciative portrait of the Bay, its familiar sights (“Thomas Point Light”), long ago tragedies (“Katie Allen”) and whimsical characters (“Sweet Yellow Legs”). Like the Bay, the music never sits still for long. . . .

Marty LeGrand, review of “Give Me a River” for Chesapeake Bay Magazine (May 2002)

 The pairing of Meneely’s clean, clear soprano with DiBlasi’s no-nonsense baritone creates an enjoyable set of tunes. Meneely is at her best on haunting ballads like “Billy Taylor,” “Point Lookout” and [“The Oyster Wife”]. “Point Lookout” especially shows off a more musically mature and expressive Meneely who shapes phrases with subtle dynamics. DiBlasi adds the gusto.

Joel McCord, review of “The Oyster Wife” for Chesapeake Bay Magazine (December 2006)

My wife and I are both from the Midwest but have been around water and boats most of our lives. We have been boating on the Bay since 2002 and have fallen in love with it.  I think [Calico Jack’s] music reflects the Bay's history and the character of the people who make their living from the Bay, at least as we have grown to understand it.

Paul B. Christianson, Col. USAF

I have to tell you that my whole family loves the Oyster Wife CD!  We have a house on Deal Island and just love everyone and the whole Chesapeake Bay culture!  Please put me on your mailing list! Thanks!

Emily Dubs

My father and I and our family friends love to hear your music--brings us back to our sailing days (although some of us still sail).

Anna Bivin, Thomaston, Texas

Thank you very much for making the trek over to Port Isobel again. The girls enjoyed your presentation very much, as you will see from the enclosed cards. Your many talents and enthusiasm about the Chesapeake Bay added so much to the overall adventure for the students. I hope that we will be able to work together again in the future.

Marjorie R. Hoffman
Head of the Middle School
Garrison Forest School

Janie Meneely has a fine ear and a good lusty sense of humor.

Max Ochs, 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis, Md.

Janie Meneely is regional music at its best. She brings to life the characters of ythe Chesapeake Bay with wisdom and ease, and her songs remain in the air long after the music stops.

Laury Lear, librarian, Annapolis Middle School