First Gig of the year for JINSKI

JINSKI first gig of the year!!

Steve & Dave warm up for the new year with an opening half hour slot at Carlisle Folk Club. Cumbrian singer songwriter Jon Brindley is the main guest for the evening. JINSKI onstage at 8pm...prompt! Come on down and let the boys blow away your post Xmas blues....

Friday 9th January 2015
Venue: Carlisle Folk & Blues Club
Address: Sunset Suite, Carlisle United Football Club, Warwick Road, CA1 1LL Carlisle, Cumbria
Enquiries: 01228 674831
Entry: £9
Doors: 7.45pm

JINSKI to release new Vinyl EP album!!!

JINSKI ...Photo Jonti Willis

JINSKI are set to release a new vinyl 10' special edition EP album on Lucky Smile Records to coincide with Record Store Day on Saturday April 18th 2015. It will be distributed through Proper Music and will only be available on vinyl with a download date yet to be announced. Steve and Dave have been recording recently with engineer/producer Dave Maughan at Blast Studios and Face Productions in Newcastle. Guest musicians have included country picker Jim Hornsby, fiddle player Pete Challoner (New Rope String Band)and double bass player Neil Harland. Artwork is being finalised and the album will go top press early in the new year with a limited edition run of 300 copies. Titled 'Live Long' the EP will feature two brand new songs called 'Top of the Tree' and 'Never Gonna Work Again' both of these have been road tested during the last few months and have passed the JINSKI audience seal of approval! More details including how to pre order will follow shortly.

Jinski.. Acoustic roots duo

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Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne JINSKI are Liverpool born Steve Wegrzynski and Geordie boy Dave Kennedy, two highly individual guitarists/musicians with strong distinctive voices. JINSKI have a wealth of great original songs that draw upon acoustic roots and the singer songwriter tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. JINSKI play songs that tell stories of love, joy, loneliness and longing, capturing the mundane and the magic in everyday life. Intricate, soulful, beautiful songs, foot stomping, sing-a-long, raucous songs; music for the head and the heart, full of passion and originality. Performing on their own or with a flexible line up that includes double bass player Neil Harland, fiddle player Pete Challoner and accordionist Karen Tweed, their 'live' work is a kaleidoscope of musical and lyrical imagery.
As well as headline gigs at clubs and festivals across the country, JINSKI have supported Eliza Carthy, Joe Jackson, O'Hooley & Tidow, Wizz Jones and The Poozies on their travels over the last couple of years.

JINSKI on tour

Out on Tour!

Steve & Dave are constantly touring all over Britain chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play. Drawing on material from their own back catalogue as well as road testing new songs, their 'live' work always throws up one or two surprises and keeps audiences on their toes. This year 2014, has seen the duo continue to tour all over Britain promoting the recent album 'Down Here' and previewing songs from a special edition forthcoming vinyl release. Highlights have included Broadstairs Folk festival, The 12 Bar in London, supporting Eliza Carthy at the Atkinson Theatre in Southport and a tour of Scotland (watch this.... ). More festival appearances are planned for 2015 with dates to be announced shortly.

JINSKI support IF U CARE SHARE Charity Foundation


JINSKI are proud to support this charitable foundation.

Around one million people are victims of suicide in the world each year. Most people who take their lives have no previous history of mental health issues. Attempted suicide can be a cry for help, and should never be ignored. The emotions involved for those left behind are complicated and overwhelming; and there is an absence of specific help offered to those in bereavement. These facts are the tip of the iceberg to the mounting reasons why If U Care Share's work is so vital. For more information go to

A big thank you to Phil Dahl and Claire....JINSKI played at their wedding reception in May this year and a collection was taken for If U Care Share. £122.81 was raised, a big thank you to all who contributed.

Down Here - New Album Released !!

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The new album 'Down Here' was released on October 1st. Sample tracks and purchase information can be found in the 'Music' section. ‘Down Here’ delivers memorable tunes with a cutting lyrical edge, taking the little things that matter and revealing the bigger picture. Here are songs that capture the moment, ask some simple questions and offer some reflection. Steve Wegrzynski and Dave Kennedy have forged a musical partnership that has acoustic roots at its heart whilst touching the borders of folk, country and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. Ably assisted by guests that include the English accordion queen Karen Tweed, New Rope String Band member Pete Challoner (banjo and fiddle), Andy May (pipes and piano), JINSKI stalwart Neil Harland on double bass and Duncan Tyler adding the brush strokes. The album manages to be both instantly appealing and one that reveals something new on each listen.

REVIEW Maverick magazine Jan/Feb'13 issue

JINSKI - Reviews, Comments & Quotes

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R2 Rock 'n' Reel Magazine 5 Star Album review Jan/Feb 2013

In a time when we’re discovering a whole new generation of acoustic singer songwriters, we do well not to forget those who’ve long been around. One of our greatest and most neglected is Steve Wegrzynski. As solo artist Jinski he tirelessly toured in the 80’s with the unforgettably gobsmacking ’Biko’. More recently he’s given us the heart wrenching ‘Smiles & Blisters’. Nowadays the name JINSKI applies to the duo he’s formed with Dave Kennedy.
Still featuring Steve’s songs and his superb voice, this two man JINSKI is no less impressive. These subtly sophisticated songs side step pop in favour of an evocative and beguiling contemporary folk suffused with emotional intimacy. This man carves out his melodies and lyrics with the artisan artistry of a sculptor. The songs ooze assured style and professionalism, lyrics speaking directly, arrangements flawless, choice of guest musicians perfect.