"Indie-Americana to give Little Red Riding Hood the jitters" Songlines Magazine
Confidently laying claim to the genre "folk-rock", Jenny plays complicated and unique pop- tinged landscapes. Originally from Vancouver Island, she is a seriously accomplished instrumentalist and supports her clear, sweet vocals with complex banjo and guitar parts. A rotating cast of bandmates includes members of Fish & Bird, The Deep Dark Woods, and The Bills.
For most of her life, Jenny slept nestled in a wooden bed of bluegrass, old-time, Irish fiddle music and country songs. She picked up and put down instruments at a whim, and obsessively learned every style of folk music that crossed her path. In the early 2000s she began to write her own songs, and what came out was as diverse, yet distinct as you might imagine.
In 2009, after a decade of playing with roots outfit The Gruff, Jenny packed up a menagerie of musical instruments, and moved to the what seemed to be the booming metropolis of Vancouver. 2012 was the year of writing and recording her debut "solo" album "Bright Mainland", and three years later she released her second record “Raised By Wolves”. This album is a dreamy tribute to an unconventional upbringing, and unusual people. It has received a great deal of radio play and critical acclaim, and was featured in the !Earshot top folk-roots top 10 charts for 8 weeks running.
Jenny loves to travel to old, cold places. She's been to every nook and cranny of Canada, and frequently she and her band are found driving the highways of the UK and Scandinavia. When not touring, she singlehandedly runs two renowned rock choirs in East Vancouver, The Kingsgate Chorus, and the Mount Pleasant Regional Institute of Sound.
"Ritter is a lady at peace with herself and the world" - Americana-UK.com
"I realized that this was the kind of music that a lot more people needed to hear about. It's got that special spark of life that makes a song come alive, the very rare spark that so many singer-songwriters are questing for, and so few really have." Devon Leger, No Depression
"…thanks to her tremendous songwriting, her ability to write beautiful catchy melodies, and those gorgeous vocals, she is already head and shoulders above the pack. A tremendous album by a hugely talented lady!" - Americana Roots UK
"Clara was crying so I put your cd on and sang along but replaced all your lyrics with 'meow meow meow' ... It really helped." - Jen Efting
"She's out on her own and making waves - rather nice." Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland