Jenny Woo is a singer/songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She started her acoustic oi! project, Jenny Woo Oi! Project, in 2008 and has since toured in over 55 countries and has released six albums and six singles on various record labels throughout the world. She has taken the traditional themes and energy of the punk rock and oi! movement and combined these with the simplicity and stripped-down nature of folk music.
She was first exposed to the punk scene when she found a discarded fanzine in the hallway of her junior high school. She later became a skinhead because it spoke more to her own personal values of self-respect, community, and loyalty.
Her songs speak about personal empowerment, identity politics, the destructive qualities of racism and social prejudice, as well as themes of loyalty, pride in oneself, rebellion and community. She has played in punk bands in Canada, notably the Montreal-based punk band Birds of Prey, and the Italian street punk band Jenny Woo’s Holy Flame. She went solo in part because it was easier than finding other musicians to make a band.
Her surname is Chinese in origin, but she doesn't identify with any particular ethnicity. She opposes racism.
She published many copies of her zine Subculture Spirit. She appears in a small documentary about her show in Czech Republic, and is working on a documentary in connection to her album "Tear Down Walls."
Someone once created a "Rock Against Jenny Woo" logo and printed it on shirts.
- Stronger in September European Tour – September 2011 with 11 dates across Germany, the Netherlands
- Marching on in May European Tour – May 2012 – with 23 dates across Germany, the Netherlands, France
- Oi! Rise Again Indonesian Tour – September 2013 – 3 dates in Indonesia
- South America Volume 1 Tour – November 2014 – 10 dates in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
- South America Volume 2 Tour – August 2015 – 10 dates in Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina
- Outlaws North American Tour – March/April 2016 – 18 dates in Mexico, United States, Canada
- Asian Oi! Tour – November 2015 – 14 dates in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines
- Stronger in South America Volume 3 Tour – May 2017 – 10 dates in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
- Tear Down Walls Asian Tour – October 2018 – 11 dates in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea
Her ongoing “Athena” project is engaging women to play punk music, through songwriting sessions, upcoming four-track EP release featuring all-female performers, and donating all proceeds of the “Tear Down Walls” album to a Canadian chapter of Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing music lessons to girls in order to promote self-esteem and community.
- Acoustic Oi! (self-released) (2009)
- Clockwork Patriots (Randale Records split with Discharger) (2011)
- Alberta Rose (Randale Records) 2011
- My Revenge (Randale Records) 2013
- Proud of Every Scar (Randale Records) 2016
- Tear Down Walls (Randale Records) 2018
Singles and EPs
- On the Job and Jenny Woo (Randale Records, Contra Records) (2012)
- Jenny Woo / Birds of Prey featuring Franky Flame (Randale Records) (2012)
- Heart & Soul (Randale Records) (2012)
- Apart from the Crowd (Randale Records) (2014)
- Klasse Kriminale / Jenny Woo - Camallo (Randale Records) (2014)
- Sound of the Scene (Contra Records, Longshot Music, Oi! The Boat Records, Pirates Press Records, Randale Records, Rebellion Records) (2014)
- Stronger (Randale Records) (2015)
- Dunbar, Jon (28 September 2018). "INTERVIEW: Acoustic Oi Singer Songwriter Jenny Woo Announces Asian Tour". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Woo, Jenny (15 February 2012). "Bootgirl Power". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Jenny Woo Interview". 24 May 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Interview with Jenny Woo". 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Dunbar, Jon (9 October 2018). "Canadian acoustic punk musician Jenny Woo ready to 'Tear Down Walls' on Korean tour". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Jenny Woo Interviewed". August 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Steinfort, Tim. "Jenny Woo One Voice". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Woo, Jenny. "Hated and Proud: How to Win the War Against Haters". American Oi!. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
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