by Jonnie Pekelny
Folk and pop-folk songs from Russia.
Jonnie Pekelny is a native of St. Petersburg,
Russia. Although she spent he childhood in the big city, Jonnie's mother
made it a point to learn the songs of the Russian villages and to teach
them to her daughter. A singer from an early age, Jonnie grew up with
the sweet, fiery, humorous, irreverent and honest songs of rural and
working Russia. Although she later went on to study and sing other
genres (obtaining a minor in music from U.C. Santa Cruz and performing
solo and in group ensembles that included classical and pop and other
folk traditions) that first musical love has stuck.
Jonnie is currently
working on her first CD of Russian folk and pop songs. She also sings
with the Loose Canons, a Bay Area women's World Music chorus.