The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls

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An eclectic mix of folk, blues, Traditional Irish and world, with “spine-tingling” three part harmonies.

Biography


The Henry Girls - Joleen, Lorna and Karen McLaughlin - are three sisters from Inishowen in Co. Donegal, Ireland. The band’s name comes from the local family nickname, Henry.

Their music is an eclectic mix of folk, blues and traditional Irish, with “spine-tingling” three part harmonies.

They formed the band in 2001 and recorded their first album, Between Us in 2002.

Their second album, Morning Rush, was released in 2007 to great acclaim, with Irish Music Magazine describing it as “ very well crafted indeed, reflecting the diverse mix of musical traditions that have shaped and influenced their unique blend of country, traditional, jazz and roots - each of which they perform with considerable ease and enjoyment.”

The girls released their third album Dawn in 2010 which features music from the award winning movie “A Shine of Rainbows” starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Neilsen. Also in 2010, they were nominated for an IFTA (Irish Film & Television Award) for Best Original Score for their work on the movie.

The Henry Girls have collaborated with many other artists on various projects over the years. These include Moroccan group Gawa Fusion, The Pyros, Finbarr Doherty, Appalachian singer Jerry Harmon, Mark Black, Natty Wailer, LA based composer Keith Power, Uni and her Ukulele from San Francisco and The Foxhunt from West Virginia.

As well as performing regularly throughout Ireland and further afield at some great festivals and events, the band have written and performed music for TV, theatre and contemporary dance companies.

The band can be heard regularly on many Irish, UK and internet radio stations and their television appearances include RTE’s Nationwide, First Stop on BBC2, Féilte on TG4, The Afternoon Show on RTE1 and SRL on BBC2.

Lyrics

The Farmer Song

Written By: The Henry Girls

Well there was once was a farmer and he sent his sonout into the field with a horse to graze.

The boy he fell asleep. When he awoke the horse had gone, came home alone and all the neighbours said what bad luck but the farmer said how do you know, how do you know, how do you know, how do you know?

Well the very next day the farmer sent his son out into the mountains to tyry and find the runaway. The boy he found the horse and seven other wild ones and he brought them home and all the neighbours said what good luck but the farmer said how do you kno, how do you know, how do you know, how do you know?

Well the very next day the farmer sent his son outinto the feild to train the wild horses there. The first one he tried threw him to the ground and he broke his arm and all the neighbours said what but luck but the farmer said how do you know, how do you know, how do you know. how do you know?

Well the very next day there was a war declared and an army man came marching through the countryside and he's looking for men but he can't take anyone who has a broken arm and all the neighbours said what good luck but the farmer said how do you know, how do you know, how do you know, how do you know. (Traditional)

Beyond Here

Written By: The Henry Girls

I want to be where the river meets the sea and the bright day is shining on the water

I want to reach for the stars above the trees and hold on to the moment forever

I want to be the kind of person you could meet who could take you far beyond the world you live in

I want to see a place beyond reality where everything is everything and nothing

Chorus
But I cant see beyond here
There's something in my way that makes me blind
I wish that I could overcome these feelings
And open up my eyes and clear my mind

Walking through this place looking for a face, distance makes it harder to remember

I know that I wont stay, my heart is far away for my spirit's filled with longing for adventure

Chorus
But I cant see beyond here There's something in my way that makes me blind
I wish that I could overcome these feelings
And open up my eyes and clear my mind

clear my mind
clear my mind
clear my mind

All my pretty dreams are whispers on the breeze that tease my ears with promises of freedom
but I can still believe and I can still be free if there are others who are willing to believe them

Chorus
But I cant see beyond here
There's something in my way that makes me blind
I wish that I could overcome these feelings

And open up my eyes
open up my eyes
open up my eyes

and clear my mind
clear my mind
clear my mind
clear my mind

Discography


Albums released are between Us (2002), Morning Rush (2007) and Dawn (2010). We have alot of tracks streamed and many of our songs get regular airplay in Ireland.

Set List

Typical Song Set: Spinning waters, Lazy, James Monroe, The farmer song, Home, King St. Waltz, Early in the morning, An Portan beag, The Trip to Inistrahul, Mothers in the Kitchen, Glashedy Boat Song, The Kitchen Set, After the night before, Who will she turn to, Marys reflection