(This is old stuff below. As of now, there are no Henrys shows scheduled. Head Hank Don is playing every week at the Cameron House with Golden Country Classics. He did a live soundtrack to a film, is playing at a blues guitar day at the Burdock (late Feb 2017). For new notices, please glance right to the Twitter feed. -->>>
2015 and 2016
December 10/11 We're putting together a couple of special shows merging the repertoires of The Henrys, Kevin Breit and Gregory Hoskins. Come and check it out if you're within driving distance of Oakville or Stratford. Details on the Shows page.
July 12 - "Achieving regular critical acclaim since their first release in the early 1990s, they nonetheless remain steadfastly iconoclastic, quirky and uncompromising." Check out the sweet review in rootsworld by Cliff Furnald.
July 14 - Very nice review in venerable British mag fRoots.
June 22 Concert in Toronto on Saturday night, early (7pm). C'mon down! Info here.
June 11 Quiet Industry is released today. Buy one here.
Or digitally, at Bandcamp, itunes, and many other outlets.
June 10 The well-known British music journalist Richard Williams has put pen to Hen.
June 7: New Video
8 stars out of 10 "This is another lovely piece of work from a band known for it." EXCLAIM
On June 9, Quiet Industry will be the featured CD of the Week on Daily Planet on Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Commission), hosted by the one and only Lucky Oceans.* Daily Planet is an inspired program year in and year out, with, among its many attributes, the best written song descriptions we've ever seen.
Eg, here's how they described our song, VF61, in 2002: echoes of train-blues, but turned into something post-them. Variously, spare- edgy-mysterioso & stomping-insistent w slide guitar, squeezy muted trumpet, walloping drums, pump organs & atmospherically-deployed percussion & thumb-piano.
And about the earlier, decidedly odd Henrys track 'Shaves from the Alive One", they kindly wrote: nicely odd: splatty-choked trumpet, prepared-guitar played with a slide, percussion & wordless female vocal.
* Lucky used to play pedal steel with the great Asleep at the Wheel. We saw them several times, including at Ontario Place, on the old rotating stage. Seeing Lucky get up from the steel in the middle of a song and dervish around the revolving platform in a crazed low-down kinda dance was one of the greatest things we've ever seen on a stage.
June 3: Our new CD is released a week from tomorrow.
May 19: Influential US site flush with great writers features A Weaker One, the first song on Quiet Industry.
"The Henrys' new album is a sublime masterpiece... an absolute must." - MOORS MAGAZINE. see the full review, in a game attempt at translation by Google, on this page.
So great to be included in the CBC/NPR/BBC "Songs You Need to Hear."
For all the beautiful, warm tones you will hear on their upcoming album,Quiet Industry, the lyrics demand equal time. The Henrys, in spite of mostly being an instrumental band to date, are exquisite wordsmiths. These songs are romantic, intimate and full of big thoughts. Do your head and heart a favour: let them chew on the Henrys’ Quiet Industry, out on June 11. Laurie Brown,The Signal
Quiet Industry is done. The release date is June 11, and there are the usual opportunities to read about it, pre order the hard copy, pre arrange the digital download, or at itunes, etc. We're very happy with the way it turned out and hope you will be too. We'll be performing songs from it at this place, and and that place, and, we hope, a few other places.
Please keep an eye on things, which can be done by joining us on Twitter @don_rooke, to some small extent via Facebook; Bandcamp, or by signing up for our mailing list.
Putting the finishing touches on our new Cd, and we've booked some gigs, including a festival in TO in June and one in Guelph in July, and a few more to come. We plan to release the CD in June, we figure. More info to follow soon.
For anybody in the broadcast area, on April 23, TVO is showing The Lost Highway, a documentary that happens to have music by Don Rooke. It will be available to view on the TVO website for 30 days starting April 24. More info is here.
Ground has been broken on a new Henrys construction, aka another recording. Stay tuned for details, it'll take a while. Though not as long as it used to; experience streamlines. We think. Anyway, please check in around the end of this year or early next for a whack of new chart-busting compositions, vocals, weird instruments and all those other Hen-hallmarks.
Thanks from the Hanks!
(these dotted lines represent a significant temporal gap)
June 15, 2012.... or maybe it was 2011
The videos we made of Three Metre Day live in the studio will start to appear this week, linked from the
The new record, called Coasting Notes, is finished and will be mastered this month, manufactured in the summer and released in October. Our gigs in California will be at the same time as the American CD release. We'll be in the San Francisco, Santa Cruz area.
The Three Metre Day website is functional, if not quite a feast of info yet. Here it is.
There are samples of a few of our new songs, a few photos in a weirdly shaky little slide show program, and a bit of info. We have a few gigs on the horizon, and continue to put the finishing touches on our recording.
Very soon we'll have an alt website, just for the new configuration and the new recording, with samples from the record. We hope to have the new CD out in May or June.
At the end of next week we'll spend a couple of days mixing our new recording (to be released under the band name Three Metre Day), with another several days of mixing near the end of March. We're trying for a May release. There will be a listening post at the 3MD website soon, deets to follow.
We're re-branding! The offshoot Henrys project will soon have a name, a recording and some gigs. Details soon.
January 1, 2011
Happy New Year from The Henrys! We wish you all a great 2011.
This year we'll be releasing a new CD of music, not by The Henrys per se, but by members of the band. The (soon to be named) trio of Don, Hugh and Michelle
have lots of new material that we've been performing, along with Henrys songs, at our monthly gigs at The Sixth. (The next show is Jan 22.)
Most of the new songs feature vocals by Michelle, who also plays pump organ. Plus Hugh on violin and Don on slide and acoustic guitar. Our guests on the record are David Piltch (bass) and Davide Direnzo (drums). We still have a bit of recording left to do, then organizing it all and mixing with Nik Tjelios, mastering, artwork etc.,
and we're hoping to have it done and out in about May, in time to do some playing in the summer.
November 26: Gig tomorrow, at The Sixth in Parkdale. We'll be performing some new songs from the next disc - not a "Henrys" CD, but with Michelle, Don and Hugh. Special guest Mack Longpre (drums).
We're winding down the recording process, with a few things left to do, and will be mixing in January or Feb.
October 12, 2010, from http://blog.napster.com/
Q&A with James Williamson, New Kill City Edition with
Iggy Pop Out Next Tuesday
James Williamson & Iggy Pop
Originally released in 1977, Kill City was an album created by legendary Stooges members James Williamson and Iggy Pop. Due to loss of original master tapes and a lack of funding, the album never reached its full potential according to those involved.
Next week, much to the delight of Williamson and Stooges fans everywhere, a new remastered version will be released. In anticipation, Williamson was kind
enough to answer a few of our questions.
Please tell us about the new Kill City—what did you most want to achieve in revisiting this album?
We wanted to bring forth the sound that we knew was always there, but for a number of reasons had not been accomplished with the previous mixes or mastering. I got Ed Cherney (Monster Engineer and Mixer) to help me re-mix this, and he did an incredible job—this album has finally reached its full potential.
At this point, what would you say is your fondest memory of The Stooges?
Honestly, there are too many to list, but certainly the day I joined was one of them. There was also the time that Scott Asheton got on the ground at some airport terminal and started spinning around like Curly from The Three Stooges while yelling,"boob, boob, boob, boo!" I could go on forever.
It might surprise some you were the VP of Technology Standards at Sony Electronics. What was the most enriching aspect of your tenure?
Well, I got to travel all over the world and work with many brilliant people from almost all countries in the world. I also got to work in a very multidiscipinary
environment that not only required your technical expertise, but also diplomacy, psychology, and persuasiveness.
Aliens land in your back yard—what's the first album you play for them?
"The Purple People Eater." (not an album, but probably came from one)
What was your favorite album from 2009? Any favorites from ’10 so far?
The only one that comes to mind in 2009 is The Henrys' Is This Tomorrow. This year so far I like The Black Keys' Brothers.
Any additional projects/plans in the works? We're working on new material, and we'll see where that goes. I'm writing many new rifs and seeing if I can find a few that stick with Iggy enough to continue working on them. We're very conscious of the need to really like what we put out now, as the bar has been set very high from our past efforts. We'll see what 2011 brings.
New show October 6, Hugh, Don, Yvette Tollar and Jonathan Goldsmith play music to the wonderful photography and film of Larry Towell, at the Drake Hotel on Queen W in Toronto. Info and links on gigs
page, and more details 'emerging', as they say.
Link to live show broadcast:
We've lost a great friend. She came to SO MANY of our gigs over the years - our best friend and fan. She fed us in her restaurant. She catered our recording
sessions. (Once at Metalworks the entire pool table was covered with food.) She made food for the bus when we went to play in NYC, including one of those
beautiful, deep, deep homemade apple pies.
The restaurant, on Bathurst Street, a hole in the wall beside the Oak Mount Steam Baths, was a musicians' haven. Apart from locals, Lyle Lovett, Rickie Lee Jones
and so many others enjoyed her generosity. (But never, to our knowledge, Bob Dylan, her absolute favourite.
She was fanatical about Bob.)
The food was so good!! Her hours were so random! But worth it, for the the chili, or the rancheros, or waffles, or blintzes... fresh basil in the BLT...How many
musicians did Mimi feed, generously, and wave off the bill? How much did she smoke, openly, illegally, in the
open kitchen right behind the counter? And sometimes she would get reviewed in the newspaper, and then the 'tourists,' as she called them, would come. And that's
when New York MImi came out. One time she told us she saw a family with little kids waiting in line outside, and she took a yellow post-it and wrote NO KIDS on it
and slapped it on the window. And the next day she could be knocking on your door with a home-made strawberry-rhubarb pie. God love her.
We had a house gig in Little Italy for - it must have been a year - every Sunday night. Rare was the Sunday that
Mimi wasn't there, full of joy, support, and love.
She'd become an expert poker player since closing the restaurant. She liked to go to casinos early in the morning, when the guys who had been up playing all
night long were starting to lose their edge. If she won a couple of early rounds, she told us, she was 'gambling with other people's money.' Once we sent her an article from the New Yorker about a former math whiz, the child of professors, now a cowboy-hat wearing poker star who also started the most successful online poker
site on the internet. We cut it out and sent it in the mail. But she knew about him already. She must have read a lot, she always seemed on top of everything.
She ended up suffering terribly from arthritis, but it was a heart attack that killed her, alone in her apartment
down by the lake in "Mimi-co".
She was an angel with a beautiful, generous spirit, and we will miss her.
So sad to hear of the beauty Mimi.
Your sweet words about her bring back
memories of her lovely smiling face.
Heartbreaking now, but forever she'll stay, loved by the musicians and friends who loved her back.
Hope there's a celebration of her life with lots of musicand a big 'pot'-luck in this world and the next.
The first broadcast of the CBC recording of our show at Hugh's Room will be, we're told, on June 24th. Watch for info here and here (especially if you wait til the 24th,
or maybe a day or two before that date, and you click on 'Expand' and go to the last show on the list, The Signal, which starts at 10 pm.)
You can stream it live, and from a variety of North American time zones, via this link. It should (?) be on a podcast too.
Meanwhile, Michelle Willis, Hugh Marsh and Don
Rooke are hard at work on a new recording. Lots of
music, but no name yet, band or disc.
We* played on Friday night in Toronto at Hugh's Room. It was a fun night, recorded by CBC Radio's show The Signal. They'll broadcast parts of it over the next year,
as will the show Canada Live, (where you can also access a backlog of streamed live shows from some very cool artists.) We'll let you know when The Henrys will be on the air, but you can also sign up for our
mailing list if you want to be notified by email.
*Michelle Willis, Mark Mariash, Hugh Marsh, Russ Boswell and Don Rooke.
Spent a couple of days this week working with the photographer Larry Towell towards a show in the fall combining his remarkable photographs and video from
Mexico, Afghanistan, New Orleans, 9/11, Canada, South Africa... with live music by some Henrys (Don, Hugh and Michelle). Date and venue to follow.
We had a great time playing at Folkway in Guelph, and appreciated the very nice audience that came out. Ben Grossman joined us to play some beautiful hurdy-gurdy on a few tunes.
Toronto-based Henrys set to play Friday gig at Folkway Music
The Henrys are in concert at Folkway Music Friday night. The Toronto-based nearly-instrumental group takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 each to reserve seating. The band describes itself as
composing, recording and performing original music that has no obvious genre, but draws on a variety of styles in an original, identifiable way. Folkway music is
located at 163 Suffolk Street West.
Looking forward to our 3 upcoming shows, the first of which is next Friday in Guelph. For that and Hugh's Room, we're a quintet, with special guest Hugh Marsh on violin as well as some beautiful electronic instruments.
Feb 22 '10
Got some snow today, almost the first bit of shoveling of the whole winter. Washington, Toronto ain't... And
now, thanks to the nice people at Ode Magazine, we have a better link to the Ton Maas review.
That Memphis Folk Alliance whose standards we did not meet? Suddenly highly regrettable: Aubrey Ghent
is doing a sacred steel concert. Check out his version of Amazing Grace on the CD (yes, this is the title) "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus." It'd be worth the
trek to Memphis just to hear that.
Couple of new reviews of Is This Tomorrow came out, one in the Dutch/US magazine Ode, another at Good New Music.
"Top Pick" review in babysue.com
Dec 31, 2009
We're putting out a new disc!
OK, on a couple of fronts that's not precisely accurate. Like, there isn't a disc. And the music isn't, chronologically, new. (Nor any other way. But it would be new to people who don't already own it.)
What we did, in a make-work frame of mind, was compile tracks from our first three CDs for 'release' as a digital album, available from itunes, Amazon, etc. It's
called The Yearly Ears. It should be ready to go in mid-January, but if you're interested, the songlist is here.
Dec 21/09. Just leafing through some music mags at the rack today and...hello! Spotted a nice review of our new disc in fRoots, the British bible of musics rootsy and non-commercial.
Find it here.
Dec '09: Our new CD Is This Tomorrow is in the Top Ten for 2009 on CBC Radio's hip national show The Signal.
Dec 9/09: On the advice of someone who knows, we made an application to the Memphis Folk Alliance, a pilgrimage artists make to strut their stuff for presenters. Not exactly our thing, but this is the new,
proactive, "Let's do this thing!" Hanks. So we submitted via Sonicbids, an online service that does....well, kinda the same thing as the Folk Alliance, now that we think about it. But digitally, which suits us to a tee. (BTW, we paid for the privilege of making this application, but nothing like the cost of actually attending.)
Well, today we got an automated email! It said, [sic]: "Your The Henrys’s submission to 22nd Annual International Folk Alliance Conference has been updated to Not Selected."
That's so awesome!!! Thanks for the update!!
Nov '09: Review in current Penguin Eggs -
Nov '09: Rehearsing for our show in Greenbank are Michelle Willis, Mark Mariash, Andrew Downing and Don Rooke.
Aug 09: Featured hour about new disc on Australia's national radio show The Planet
Aug 09: Featured full-length show about new disc on Holland's Concertzender Radi
Got a couple of gigs, diary, and working towards more. Perhaps Australia would have us? Based on the radio show feature they're preparing for August 23, which
can be heard then and in the weeks following (on demand) somehow via this link.
Other than working down there, our first gig, as of now, is Nov 7 in Greenbank ON at a great little hall. That's it for now.
As promised, we are delivering the CD package. I'd like to say 'right on schedule', but anybody who reads these entries would be slamming down their beers,
jumping out of their chairs and shouting 'What the hell is that Henry on about?? That is utter NONSENSE!"
And to be honest, they'd have a point.
At one time this new disc was our sweet little baby. Just a tiny demo formation. Then it started growing up, got a bit ornery, needed attention, refused attention, got in trouble with the cops a few times... pretty soon what we had was the proverbial teenager that would
not move out of the basement. We had to leave it alone.
Seasons passed. Winter turned to summer, and back to winter. Slowly, there was a maturation process. Then one fine day, it up and moved out! Just like that.
Hence the product, Is This Tomorrow, which could arguably represent those many hand-wringing conversations in hushed tones in rooms over the
basement, talks that often ended with a supplicant, "Maybe it will move out t-t-tomorrow???"
April 2007. Again, indefatigable. Updates to the myspace page (see link from Index) and the Movie page here - lots o clips!
Work on the new CD continues apace! ha ha. It's done, but unmixed. No deadline=no need. No market demand tantamount to early retirement. What hurry?
Sept 23 - ever vigilant. working on the link from Movie page to, we hope, the movie.
Also the Henrys myspace (http://www.myspace.com/thehenrys1) page now has a photo show.
September 12 - new dr external pix pg:
September 9 - recording on the new disc continues apace (which in Italian might be pronounced Apache, no?).
July 14, like a lemming:
July 13 - Now it can even be procured.
May 3 '06
That duo recording is now available for listening at Rootsworld, link above.
Got a bunch of videos here, from a variety of venues and our performances over the last few years, and the other day we had one of our "ideas:" The Henrys DVD.
Now THAT would move units! Especially in the home-burned, one-at-a-time, photocopied-artwork, illegal-use of a couple-of TV-broadcasts manufacturing
run this history would dictate. What a grey market collectible, and under $20? Unheard of! Not mono either (and not 5.1), but back to the good old stereo sound! Binaural.
So all we have to do is overcome the inertia, ask the various musicians if they like the idea, get past a couple of hundred technical hurdles, and get 'er done.
Let's call it a stocking stuffer, '06.
Well, we did a duo recording, live(ish), for our friend Cliff at www.cdroots.com. He asked for it 2 years ago; did 'er 2 weeks back. DR and Jeremy Bellaviti playing
Cliff might have it up on his site in May and we'll link to it then, but interested guitfans can also contact us directly.
Don will be sitting in with Kevin Breit and his band Folk Alarm on May 3 at Hugh's Room.
Then there's the new recording that we've been working on, a soundtrack. The release should include a bonus disc of extras: music written for scenes that were
deleted, out-takes, stuff that didn't get used or that's too whacked for the main disc. It's all pretty well in place,
but we're not finished the buffing and sanding, probably because, for this portion of the exercise, we're not facing a deadline. Which is bittersweet.
Guest singers are plenty: Becca Stevens (NYC, nee NC), Martina Sorbara (UK via TO), Jessie Coutts (NZ - south island) and M2O'H (unknown origin). All fabulous.
Finally, and readily apparent to any return visitor, the website has had a facelift, a tummy tuck, brow lift, botox, liposuction, fat grafting and a few hits of collagen.
To get the most out of Joyous Porous (or any other cd), listen to it on a stereo - a good old-fashioned stereo with speakers and an amp.
If you want to hear the top end, feel the bass and experience what's really going on in between, forget the computer speakers, the discman jogging headphones, the mini-boombox with no low end; reserve the "Compact Shelf Stereo System with 3-CD
changer" Promo System from Visa for another time. Crank it up loud on a solid, maybe even tube, stereo system.
We're glad we got that off our (group) chest.
Did we suggest you turn it up good and loud?