THE HENRY GIRLS
14 tracks 46 minutes 20 seconds
What a revelation, the Henry Girls have finally found their voice and what a happy voice it is. December Moon sees them tackling Americana head on and winning the argument. Sure there's Celtic fiddle (on Rain and Snow) and harp on Moonstruck with the Kora player Gemeli Tordzr, which sits strangely in this project. They take on Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives and polish it with a French accordion to give it a sophisticated Gallic gloss. But original Americana is the taste you are left with; honky-tonk corn dog on Couldn't Ask For More, smoky bourbon on Ol 'Cook Pot.
The Donegal sisters travelled not to Memphis but to Gorbal Sound the brand new studios in Glasgow to record the album with some of the final production at home in Donegal. The girls are augmented by a cast of fine musicians: Nicky Scott, Liam Bradley, Ross McFarlane, Denise Boyle, Ted Ponsonby, Donal McGuinness, Sean McCarron, Robert Goodman and Gameli Tordzro.
For example they exhibit an uncanny family ability as they hit those close harmonies as if they'd been shape note singing since they were toddlers on The Long Road (complete with an authentic chopped bluegrass mandolin and a new country backbeat). They can do trad too, on the short harp led Aisling and a down home intro to Fool's Gold. Their original songs have the potential to have a very long life beyond this album. December Moon the title track could be the Galway Girl of 2012. It kicks off with an infectious fiddle riff and syncopated beat from Ted Ponsonby that will get your foot tapping and that chorus is positively viral. (Listen carefully and you'll detect some great Dobro work behind it all).
Nashville has to hear the Henry Girls.
Many thanks to Peter @ 2 U I Bestow for this great review
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Here is a clip of the Fox Hunt and the Henry Girls singing Hang me for BBC Alba (Scotland). It was filmed during our visit to Glasgow for Celtic connections in 2011.