Jane Symmes is an acclaimed songwriter, accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and captivating performer from San Francisco who has garnered recognition for her notable contributions to Folk and Americana music. A classically trained violinist with a musical mastery, Jane effortlessly navigates between instruments, weaving her artistry on the violin, guitar, and piano.
Jane truly shines in her delicate use of strings and harmonies, which serve as the canvas upon which she paints vivid narratives. Beyond mere musicality, Jane infuses passion into her storytelling, creating an immersive experience for her audience. In the ever-evolving landscape of music, Jane stands as a unique and compelling voice, leaving an indelible mark with her heartfelt compositions and masterful performances.
Jane’s musical background includes playing violin in chamber groups and performing bluegrass with her family from a young age. Her father with roots in jazz started writing folk music and enrolling the family in bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien’s fiddle camps. Taking their show on the road—Mom, Dad and Jane’s two sisters—they combined their strings and harmonies to become a festival favorite as the Symmes Family Band. Jane is forever grateful for her upbringing and the way it formed her love of music.
"Something about Jane Symmes vocal and composition reminds me of listening to country music in the late 90s. It was a time where one could still hear the acoustic guitar in the mix and the vocals felt familiar. Symmes writes with clever turns of phrase and a simple basic concept of finding someone that you want to be with forever. The song encapsulates that old fashioned ethic of monogamy and puts it in a pretty little package. In a world that seems like it’s spinning off its axis sometimes, it’s great to appreciate a simple truth… to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak. It would sure be nice to hear music like this on the radio again some day." -Greg Jones, eartothegroundmusic.com
"Well I'm getting older, is this the final version, tell me will I find her once again."
"Magic"is the latest single from Jane's repertoire, released at the end of 2023 and her favorite to date. Dealing with the shared human wonderment of how we spend the passing of time, she expresses the importance of staying connected with her younger self. Produced by Gawain Matthews in his East Bay studio, it features Jane on violin and her sister Adelaide singing harmony.
"Magic folllows Jane's EP Wouldn't You Say, released at the end of 2022, garnering thousands of streams and landing on multiple Spotify playlists. The EP was written over a decade, often referencing the nature and indie folk she grew up around in New Hampshire. You'll hear the signature sister harmonies with her sister Adelaide once again on four of the six tracks.
Jane consistently performs in the Bay area with her band, and is gearing up for summer folk festival season. She continues to collaborate in the studio with top performers and producers, and of course, her sister.