Jenny Whiteley was born into a family that is Ontario folk music royalty: father Chris, uncle Ken, brothers Dan and Jesse, and cousin Ben. She grew up at folk and bluegrass festivals, and her first professional gig was at age eight. Here, she revisits traditional songs she played with her elders and her peers earlier in her career, as well as three new songs and a cover of Toronto songwriter Chris Coole. That song, "$100," is about the near-impossibility of being a working musician when "people don't pay for music anymore." It has all the hallmarks of a modern standard, and the more people who cover it the better — though it's hard to imagine someone bettering Whiteley's version. Sam Allison's bare-bones production and arrangements are pitch-perfect, particularly on the bass harmonica and whistling choir on "In the Pines." Fans of Sarah Harmer's acoustic recordings will find plenty to love here, as will anyone who didn't get enough finger-pickin' on the festival circuit this year. Recorded at the home studio of Hugh Christopher Brown on Wolfe Island, outside Kingston, "The Original" sounds like the best front porch concert you never heard this summer.