Victor & Penny (www.victorandpenny.com) is Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane, a Kansas City and Chicago-born duo singing music they call Antique Pop on ukulele and a lovely old guitar. With characteristic charm and good humor, they bring a fresh twist to music of the early 20th century, along with their clever original songs. Victor & Penny impress and delight audiences with their infectious energy and deft and oft-surprising jazz guitar licks anchored by a fiery one-ukulele rhythm section. The duo has toured the USA since 2012 and was recently awarded the 2013 Escape To Create Artist Residency in Seaside, FL.
Erin McGrane has been an active performing artist in the Kansas City arts and music scene for many years. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CinemaKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series The Unreal Housewives of Kansas City, in the Oscar-nominated film Up In the Air alongside George Clooney, and in the 2012 thriller feature film Nailbiter. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act “Alacartoona” who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”.
Jeff Freling, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “Whole Lotta Love” and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: “The Mongol Beach Party” and “Grumpy”. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.