One of Donegal’s most popular bands have a busy summer ahead of them with a touring schedule that will see them play around the country and in the US.
Donegal fans of the Henry Girls will have no excuse for not seeing them as they will make several appearances in the county in the coming weeks. They started their summer dates last weekend with gigs in Rathmullan, Kilcar and Culdaff.
The band released their fourth album late last year and after successful tours of Ireland and Germany in the spring, they will spend the summer bringing their live show to audiences at home and abroad. The band’s summer season if gigs starts this weekend. Friday June 29, The Henrys will be playing in the cafe bar of An Grianan, Letterkenny after the North Atlantic Fiddle Conventions’s Women of the Fiddle concert.
Sunday, July 8 sees the band playing at the Water Music festival in Carrick on Shannon before they come back to Donegal to perform children’s songs at the The Glebe Gathering as part of the Earagail Arts Festival on Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17.
They’ve gigs at the Galway Arts Festival on Friday, July 20 and at the Fiddler’s Green Festival in Rostrevor on Monday, July 23. Then, it’s back to Donegal, where they’ll play The Nesbitt Arms on Saturday, July 28 in a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Hospital.
They will then head to Co. Meath for the Le Cheile Arts and Music Festival at Oldcastle on Friday, August 3. On August 6th they will play the Maiden City Festival in Derry.
After that, on August 9, the sisters leave Ireland for a US tour supported by Culture Ireland.
They will be returning to the Milwaukee Irish Festival where they’ll play with long-standing collaborators The Fox Hunt. They will also perform in West Virginia and in Chicago, Boston, Maine and New York with singer Ry Cavanaugh whom they collaborated with earlier this year.
“We have not done anything in Donegal for a while so to be doing so many events and festivals is really nice,” fiddle player Karen McLaughlin said. “Festivals are great because you feel you are a part of something.”