Jenny Lester


"Lester has a full commanding voice with a lot of dynamic and emotional range, bringing the requisite strength to an up tempo original like 'One Way Track', then, turning more ornamental to bring out the nuances of a slower song like Paul Kennerly's 'First In Line'." - Bluegrass Unlimited

"The genre that Kentuckian Bill Monroe founded in the 1930s may not have the cachet that high-processed pop music enjoys these days but, if it did, Jenny Lester would be hailed as an emerging Celine Dion." - Vancouver Province

"Talented and beautiful songstress . . . a clear, pure and powerful voice that is unique to her . . . she can truly sing from her heart." - Bluegrass Canada

"Jenny Lester is just great!" - Dugg Simpson, artistic director, Vancouver Folk Festival

"Top Canadian act . . . top-notch album" - The National Post

"Jenny Lester is one of Canada's best bluegrass artists and a singer who, like Alison Krauss, deserves to be a household name beyond the bluegrass community." - Bruce Pollock (CJSW, Calgary)

"Outstanding. Jenny's vocals would make an angel weep with joy!" - Alice Hill (WELY, MN)

"Her stage presence is A-1." - Joe Cloud (KSER, WA)

"She is outstanding." - Bob Newton (WHDM, TN)

"Jenny Lester offers up a no-nonsense style of music that is a pleasure to listen to." - Dan Alloway (KTEP, TX)

"I love her performance. I would drive along way to see her live." - Joe Colvin (WYSO, OH)

"Jenny has a voice that's a bluegrass natural." - Bill Knowlton (WCNY/WUNY/WJNY, NY)

"The best Canada has." - Steve Pritchard (CKLN, ON)

"I like her vocal sincerity." - Dave Rousseau (KWRD, TX)

"The best bluegrass I have heard from outside the US." -

Jenny Lester is a dynamic Canadian Bluegrass performer and recording artist who has established herself as an important singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her original songs are carefully crafted in the bluegrass convention while at the same time displaying a contemporary freshness and vitality that breathes new life into the fabled "high lonesome" sound.  Jenny is a veteran stage performer, beginning on the fiddle at age eight with her family's Driftwood Canyon Family Band out of Smithers, B.C. After nearly a decade of touring West Coast festivals, Jenny won a musical scholarship to South Plains College in Texas, graduating with honors and three Golden Reel awards. The journey moved in the 1990s through Dark Horse based in Colorado, the Australian trio performing at Leo Foo Village in Taiwan, John Reischman and Bluegrass Signal in Vancouver, BC, and the Jenny Lester Trio.  Music videos, telethons and documentaries were recorded in the 1980’s of the family band.  As Jenny’s career continued she appears in Discovery, Disney and PBS movies. In 1998 Jenny released the internationally acclaimed debut album Friends Like You. The turn of the millennium brought together two new cds with the world touring, Yukon-based band, Hungry Hill.  Her love of music has been paralleled by her love of horses and Jenny devotes her life to both.

Past Performance Highlights



Vancouver Island Music Festival

Edmonton Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Festival

Regina Folk Festival

Trout Creek Festival

Mission Folk Festival

Calgary Folk Festival

Coombs Country Bluegrass Festival

South Country Fair

North Country Fair

Midsummer Music Festival

Kispiox Music Festival


Fiddle Tunes



Bulkley Valley Guitar Camp

Northern Lights Bluegrass

Folk On the Rocks

Dawson City Folk Festival

Hay River Folk Festival

Kluane Bluegrass Festival

Burns Lake Bluegrass Festival

Peace River Bluegrass Festival

Chiliwack Bluegrass Festival

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

Mid Winter Bluegrass Festival

Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival


South Plains College, Texas Graduate

Mid-Winter Bluegrass




American Fiddle Tunes



IMBA International Showcase

Banjo Cruise

US Department of Defense overseas Tours

Leo Foo Village Taiwan

Harrietville Bluegrass Festival Australia

Grevengrass Germany

European World of Bluegrass Holland

Big Bear Festival Holland

Australian Banjo Camp Australia

Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival Ireland

Ulster American Folk Park Northern Ireland

Past Tours Include

Canada - Coast to Coast

USA - Coast to Coast

Australia - East Coast


Northern Ireland




New Zealand



Marshall Islands


Past Bands Include

Driftwood Canyon Family Band

Just For Fun

3-D Project

Dark Horse

Hungry Hill

Big Whoop!  

Big Whoop! 
Songs of Love, Loss & Laughter (Vancouver Based)

Don’t miss the intimate evening of old-time, country, bluegrass and other song traditions as well as original material. Big Whoop! Features the heartfelt vocal harmonies of Karla Mundy and Jenny Lester, who recently have joined forces to perform after years of teaching harmony singing together.  Tim Tweedale (dobro) and Patrick Metzger (bass) provide instrumental accompaniment and sweet third harmony parts.