Henry Girls’ Hawick stop-off

THE Henry Girls
THE Henry Girls

THE Henry Girls are fast becoming one of the most talked about folk/roots acts to come out of Ireland in the last decade, and within a few years have developed a growing international profile from touring in Europe, North America and further afield.

This month, they make a rare appearance in Scotland, fresh for their latest visit to USA, and a date is scheduled for The Borders – at the Heart of Hawick venue.

Hailing from the picturesque village of Malin, County Donegal, the three sisters blend classic Traditional Irish trad with a hint of Americana, and a nod to bluegrass.

The girls are renowned for their fine close harmonies and musical arrangements, and have been likened to many other harmonising siblings such as The McGarrigle Sisters, The Andrews Sisters and The Everly Brothers.

They have been playing and writing together for more than a decade and Karen, Lorna and Joleen now have four albums to their credit. Their most recent, last year’s ‘December Moon’, was produced by Calum Malcolm (Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot) and has been the release that has won them most attention.

The trio of multi-instrumentalists (harp, guitar, fiddle, accordion, guitar, piano and ukulele all make an appearance) collaborated with Virginian hot shots The Fox Hunt and toured with them on both sides of the Atlantic. They shared the stage at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival and continue to write together.

On this visit to Scotland, they will be joined on stage by Cambridge, Massachusetts singer-songwriter, Ry Cavanaugh, with whom they have also toured before. He is well-known as the man behind the legendary Session Americana project and has had his songs covered by others, the latest (Lighthouse) being recorded by Mary Black on her new album.

Karen told The Hawick News: “There is an extended community in Scotland with links to Donegal, particularly in Glasgow, where it is safe to say that everyone back home has a cousin!

“We always love coming to Scotland but this will be our first time in The Borders, which we have heard so much about.

“Our stablemates, Fidil played Heart of Hawick recently and were very warmly received. They told us we would have a great time and that is what we are promising for everyone who comes along to the gig.

“We are so pleased to be on tour with Ry. He is much better-known in America, he where he has a big following and really this is a huge bonus, and more like a two-for-the-price-of one event. He is amazing!”