Note: Information about our April 2022 release Shrug is available here.
“Band leader Don Rooke’s vocals come in at just barely a whisper at times with an undeniably inviting melody over a curveball laden orchestra of harmonic twists and turns played on an array of instruments you won’t be finding at the corporate guitar store down the street anytime soon.” Glide Magazine, April 2022
“Undefinable but magnificent – which is perhaps the best way of describing album and band, too. They’re not…well, any label you want to put on them. They simply are, and you should be there with them.” RootsWorld, April 2022
Welcome to this website about Toronto band The Henrys. We’ve been writing, performing and recording original music since 1990. Seven albums (and two related), concerts at The Bottom Line (NYC), the North Sea Festival (The Hague), SXSW, etc. The band uses some oddball instruments (kona and other acoustic and electric steel guitars, pump organ, conch shell …) to define the sonic areas of our original compositions, which don’t fall easily in any genre, but draw on a variety. Our new record, Shrug, will be released April 7, 2022. The previous, Paydirt, was nominated for a ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ Canadian Folk Music Award 2021, and was chosen by British journalist Richard Williams as one of the best releases of 2020.
The Yearly Ears (dig.comp.’94-98)
and one by Don Rooke:
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