Jenn Butterworth is one of the foremost folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene. She began her career performing worldwide with the award winning Anna Massie Band, visiting renowned festivals such as Shetland (SCO), Celtic Colours (CAN), Milwaukee Irish Fest (USA), Tonder Festival (DEN), Cambridge Folk Festival (ENG) and Celtic Connections (SCO).
An excellent collaborator, she has been a key member of a range of high profile folk music projects, including three of Celtic Connections’ New Voices, four years on the BBC Hogmanay Live show as a member of the All Star House Band and recently a member of folk supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ involving an array of prominent folk artists including Eliza Carthy, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart. The Songs of Separation album, conceived, arranged and recorded in just 7 days, currently holds the title of ‘Best Album’ at the Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Brought up in Dumfries and Galloway, she moved to Glasgow in 2000 to study the BA Applied Music course at Strathclyde University. Since then she has become a lynchpin of the Glasgow folk acoustic scene, which was where she met and formed a duo with Laura-Beth Salter. After jamming with folk percussionist Steve Forman and Nae Plans duo Hamish Napier and Adam Sutherland they formed the The Blas Collective, and currently have a residency in one of Glasgow’s famous live music venues Bar Bloc. The Blas Collective and the local session scene provided Jenn and Laura-Beth with a vibrant and creative space to experiment with and develop their sound, which is a reflection on their individual musical backgrounds and the thriving and progressive Glasgow folk music scene.
In recent years she has performed on over ten studio albums, three of which have appeared on the nominations list for Best Album at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She regularly performs with The Kinnaris Quintet, the duo Jenn and Laura-Beth and with artists such as the 2015 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Claire Hastings, acclaimed fiddler Ryan Young and Shetland folk superstars Fiddlers’ Bid.
Jenn is also a highly recognised teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, and was recently awarded ‘Tutor of the Year’ at the 2015 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. She is Lecturer in Practical Studies in the Traditional Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a regular member of the teaching staff for Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and has recently taught for Fèisean nan Gàidheal, the National Youth Folk Ensemble (EFDSS), Halsway Manor & Burg Fürsteneck (Germany).
“Butterworth powers the show with driving guitar.” The Metro