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The Henrys


  1. 1.
    The Painted Desert
  2. 2.
    Dark Dear Heart
  3. 3.
    They Hid in the Shallows
  4. 4.
    Empty Nestor
  5. 5.
    Adobe Abode
The Henrys is a Toronto-based ‘nearly-instrumental’ group that performs as a quartet, or quintet, but records with a larger stable of players.
Led by Don Rooke, since 1990 the band’s goal has always been to compose, record and perform original music that has no obvious genre, but draws on a variety of styles in an original, identifiable way.
Toronto Star:
“‘Old instruments, new sounds’ is the way Rooke describes what The Henrys do - they extract from a resonator guitar and other plucked acoustic instruments the harmonics, overtones and oblique noises behind the rustic notes to create landscapes that are astonishingly romantic, frightening, sexual, spiritual - and quite beautiful. Brave new music.”
The music features the sound of an antique slide guitar called the kona (and other slide guitars). Manufactured out of Hawaiian koa wood in California in the 1920s, the kona has a rare tonal purity. It’s played slide style, flat, with a small steel bar. Mixed with vocals (Mary Margaret O’Hara, Becca Stevens, Gregory Hoskins), organ, bass and drums - and often unusual elements: conch shell, pump organ, sonar zombie, steel drums - the sound of the band has been defined and refined over the years.


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