Jeff & Karen - acoustic duo - Jeff Penque/guitar, Uke & vocals, Karen Fairweather/vocals
Jeff & Karen - Bio
New Jersey residents, singer/songwriter Jeff Penque and songstress, Karen Fairweather have joined forces to create a fresh and unique acoustic duo that have been taking NJ coffee houses, wineries, and restaurants by storm. They blend classic folk/rock from the 60s through today - with original tunes - to create a truly memorable musical performance.
It all began when Jeff was performing solo one evening at The Sanctuary Café in Little Falls, New Jersey, and Karen happened to stop in for a Cappuccino and some tunes. Jeff was captivated by her silky soprano as she harmonized from her table – and the rest - as they say, is history.
They began working together at gigs where Jeff was showcasing songs from his solo CD, Hidden Feelings, it was then that they discovered that their voices blended perfectly - and the feedback was so positive, that they decided to work together permanently and formed, Jeff & Karen – Acoustic Duo.
Since then, Jeff & Karen have played throughout the state of New Jersey + Rehoboth Beach, DE Provincetown, MA and lots of places in between including the Jersey Shore and New York City! They have been profiled in several periodicals and have appeared live on WMOR, WPRB and WFDU radio. In 2010 they appeared before an audience of over 2,000 people at New Jersey Pride in Asbury Park. Most recently Jeff & Karen taped their "Spirit of the Season" holiday show for New Jersey Cable TV and released a live audio version digitally via their web site
Their CD, Jersey Fresh features (11) original songs written by Jeff and are performed in brilliant harmony with driving acoustic guitar arrangements. They achieve an overall retro 60’s/70’s sound - mixed with today’s musical influences. Most recently - J&K have released a holiday single, SPIRIT OF THE SEASON, and their summer anthem, I'M ENJOYING MY SUMMER - both available on itunes.
Past Venues Have Included - The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club (Fair Lawn, NJ), The Playhouse Riverview Cafe @ The Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope, PA), Clearview Vineyard (Warwick, NY), The Winemakers Cellar (Hawthorne, NJ), Cherry Valley Vineyards (Saylorsburg, PA), Thisilldous Eatery (Belvidere, NJ), First Saturday Asbury Park (Asbury Park, NJ ), Rainbow Mountain Resort (Poconos, PA), Iron Plow Vineyards (Columbus, NJ) The Mews Restaurant (Provincetown, MA), The Seafood Shack (Rehoboth Beach, DE), tons of Libraries and private events! J&K have also played for many community events for the towns of Nutley, Clinton, Flemington, Madison & Asbury Park.