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Don Rooke, leader of The Henrys, plays lap style steel guitar, often on acoustic instruments like the Kona, Weissenborn, Dobro, Gibson squareneck and National steel; electric lap steel; acoustic and electric guitars. As well as writing music and lyrics for The Henrys, he has recorded with a host of other artists (see below, with the exception of a few recent additions, this list hasn’t been maintained for a long time ago). There’s an IMDB page with information about his soundtrack work.

He’s also a fan and practitioner of a certain kind of film photography, examples, and the arcane details of which, are posted here.

discography
Don Rooke: Atlas Travel
The Henrys – Paydirt
The Henrys: Quiet Industry
The Henrys: Is This Tomorrow
The Henrys – Joyous Porous 
The Henrys – Desert Cure
The Henrys – Chasing Grace
The Henrys – Puerto Angel 
The Henrys: How’s it Goin’? (cassette)
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Christmas EP
Compositions of Kurt Weill – September Songs movie (M2O’H)
Iggy and the Stooges – Ready to Die
James Williamson – The Pink Hearts
James Williamson and Petra Haden – Blues Jumped the Rabbit
Holy Modal Rounders – Too Much Fun!
Art of Time – Ain’t Got Long 2020
Paul Pasmore – Fretless Boy in a Fretful World
Luna Pier – covers
Quartette – It’s Christmas
Quartette – Work of the Heart
Quartette – In the Beauty of the Day
Kim Stockwood – 12 Yrs. Old
Kirk Elliott – Celtic Moon
Kirk Elliott – No Fixed Address 
Gwen Swick – Pebble of Mercy
Gwen Swick – Love and Gold 
Gordie Sampson – Stones
Chelsea Bridge – Blues in a Sharp Sea
Beach – Beach (NZ)
John McNab – The Love Song Ends 
David Sereda – The Blue Note 
Cowboy Junkies – Black Eyed Man
Caitlin Hanford – Bluer Skies
Good Brothers – At Christmas We Sing 
Demon Records – Doing it Right (compilation) 
Mary Jo Eustace – Bone & Marrow
Sylvia Tyson – Best of
Rick Fielding – This One’s The Dreamer 
Joan (F.) Kennedy – Higher Ground
Gregg Lawless – Greggorian Chance
Vance Gilbert – Fugitives 
Don Neilson – The Other Side of You 
Sean (from Victoria) –
Cassandra Vasik – Wildflowers 
Jamie Warren – Fallen Angel 
Chad Kroeker –

 memorable gigs
Olympia Theare, Dublin, with Mary M. O’Hara
Bottom Line, NYC – The Henrys with MMOH
SXSW, The Henrys do Austin
NBC’s Night Music with Mary Margaret O’Hara ( and Sting)
Dominion and Duke of York Theatres, London UK
Sweetwaters Festival, Auckland
Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Ted’s Collision, Toronto
NXNE
Golden Country Classics – Wednesdays at The Cameron House
Harbourfront Molson Stage
National Gallery, Ottawa
Toronto Jazz festival opening for Dave Tronzo
workshop with VM Bhatt, Junior Brown, Teddy Leonard
BBC live broadcasts with M2O’H
Danish National TV
Edinburgh – converted church 
Parc de l’imaginnaire Art Gallery, Aylmer Quebec, no amps (power failure)
Irish Centre in Leeds
CBC’s Morningside, Later the Same Day, Vinyl Cafe, Heartland
Winnipeg Folk Festival with the Cuban Fence Climbers 
Winnipeg FF with Richie Havens
that bar in Guelph where we played upstairs, M2OH – Albion?
Wintergarden Theatre
Massey Hall
BBC’s Radio One and John Peel Sessions
the Knitting Factory
Slide Squeeze and Strum: cross-Canada tour with Steve Dawson and Geoff Berner
Ralph Benmurgui Show
The Pump, Regina (definitely not)
Tramps, NYC
Arts at St. Ann’s, Brooklyn
Hammersmith Odeon, London
Hugh’s Room (The Henrys)
Burdock Music Hall (The Henrys cd release)
St. George the Martyr Church (Atlas Travel cd release)

some of the soundtracks composed and/or played on
The Lost Highway (composer) TVO
Still Mine (composers) CSA nominee Best Score
Ryan  (Oscar winner)
Not Criminally Responsible: TV documentaries for ‘Witness’ on CBC
score for 1999/2000+2000/2001 seasons of ‘Drop the Beat’ (CBC TV)
American High (R.J. Cutler of ‘The War Room’)
a short for David Letterman Show featuring Catherine O’Hara
piece for the Ron Mann movie Comic Book Confidential
The Rez (1997 season)
Compulsion
Christmas Rescue
A Dark Truth
Down the Road Again
Smoke Screen
Everything She Ever Wanted
Citizen Black
The Price of a Broken Heart
Breakout
a bunch of jingles
episodes of Sesame Street and Shining Times Station
Henrys tracks on The Rez and Black Harbour
the Bill Robertson movie The Events Leading up to my Death
short movies for the Cdn. Film Centre festivals
score for an Animal Planet doc 2001 Wolverine doc (co-composer)