These three sisters; Karen, Lorna, and Joleen McLaughlin, aka the Henry Girls (the moniker Henry is their grandfather's name) could easily give a class in sibling harmonies. These young ladies hail from Co. Donegal, Ireland, but their songs are universal in theme though drawing on the roots of their Irish, Scottish and Americana roots. Their voices woven together form a rich canopy that is both open and airy at the same time, so tightly put together as to be virtually water repellant. Their voices are a piece that is so beautiful it grabs and holds the ear of the beholder. Their voice weave in and out of each other at times bending and shaping the ears. Without being overt, there is a distinct Celtic lilt to the voices, at times strong enough to betray their roots in the old country.
Eight of the ten songs here are written by them and they do strong covers of Bruce Springsteen's Reasons to Believe, and John McBreen's So Long Not Goodbye. Calum Malcolm is the veteran producer for this disc, which was recorded in Ireland, and he incorporates a wide variety of instrumentation that leads to a multitude of differing textures in the songs.
The girls all play a wide variety of instruments; harp, accordion, ukulele, celeste, fiddle, mandolin, and switch back and forth on them about as often as they switch lead singing with harmony. This is their fifth studio album and it shows extensive growth from the previous ones. A group to keep your eye out for because they sing harmony that shows great rapport to the ear.
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