Meet bandleader and Library of Congress employee Jennifer Cutting

She spends her days at the Library of Congress where she helps researchers navigate through records of American folklife. She spends nights and weekends composing music and managing OCEAN, a contemporary Celtic fusion folk band which as won accolades on the regional and national music scene, including winning Washington Area Music Awards, broadcast on NPR’s Mountain Stage, and playing at major folk festivals and venues. Growing up a family of eccentric musicians and performance artists against the backdrop of beat poetry, dashikis, and ashrams, Jennifer, in many ways, rebelled against her hippie upbringing by going after a federal career to balance with her own musical career. Instead she found a symbiosis between her two avocations.

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