Barbara Higbie is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning composer, pianist, fiddler, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Barbara will surely delight you with her high-energy mix of original tunes, blues, country, folk and fast fiddling. Comedian Jennie McNulty has been rated amongst the “Top 10 lesbian comics” by Curve Magazine. Jennie’s known for her infectious energy, clever comedy and impressive improv skills.
Called "a bolt of bright sunlight" by the L.A.Times, a “classy talent” by the Boston Globe and “the most exciting musician we’ve heard” by the S.F. Chronicle, Barbara Higbie brings joy, enthusiasm and virtuosity to every performance. She is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy and Glama award winning composer, singer-songwriter and fiddler, appearing on over 100 albums, (including 16 of her own), recording with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Teresa Trull and many others. Her duet recording, “Unexpected,” with singer-songwriter, Teresa Trull (on Olivia/Second Wave Records) made Higbie/Trull one of the most popular acts in Women’s Music. At the same time, Barbara was the first woman to be signed to the famed instrumental label, Windham Hill Records, where she co-led a group that recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and toured internationally for many years.
The youngest of six kids from a musical family, Higbie started piano at age four. At age 13, her family moved from small town Indiana to Ghana, West Africa. At 17, Higbie attended Mills College, at 18, the Sorbonne in Paris and at 21, was awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship to collect traditional music in West Africa. At 22, she placed 6th in the National Women’s Fiddle Contest. Her first solo CD on Sony Records, a singer-songwriter album in 1990, was named “Top Ten of the Year” by the Washington Post. In 2011, Higbie was named the first “Artist in Residence” for the famed west coast jazz club, Yoshi’s. There, she founded the group “Hills to Hollers” with gospel/blues singer Linda Tillery and bluegrass star, Laurie Lewis. Her most recent album, 2022’s “Murmuration” is a return to her Windham Hill roots. It is the second installment of a 3-part instrumental “Chillogy”, produced by Lisa Vogel, featuring the brilliant Jami Sieber, cello, Vicki Randle, guitar and Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion. Barbara has performed on over 35 Olivia trips and counts them among the very best experiences of her life.
The New England Blade named Jennie McNulty “one of the premiere comedians in the country.” The Examiner called her an “infectiously energetic, remarkably deft comic with a warm disarming style and some of the best improv skills in the business.” Curve magazine rates her among the “Top 10 lesbian comics.” Her playfully sarcastic style wins over every crowd the moment she takes the stage.
Jennie’s comedy career has taken her all over the world, from entertaining troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe to the beautiful beaches and serene sea ports of the LGBT travel world with Olivia and Atlantis” travel companies. You may have also seen her on NBC, Logo TV and in the independent Sci Fi film, "Lights.” Jennie is also featured in the upcoming feature length film "Freelancers Anonymous," by acclaimed Spanish director, Sonia Sebastian.
For over 20 years, Jennie has headlined Comedy Clubs and Pride festivals all over North America and spent 6 summer seasons performing nightly in Provincetown, MA. McNulty is also a contributor to Lesbian.com magazine and, for fun, Jennie played 15 seasons on a professional women’s tackle football team and is now their game day announcer.
McNulty, who has a Master's degree in Exercise Science, is currently producing and hosting a revamped version of her popular AfterEllen web series, "Walking Funny," a show designed to get people moving and feeling better. It's an interview show, conducted live on Facebook, where Jennie and her guest take a walk and the viewers can interact and (hopefully) walk along!