Thursday, February 7, 2013

Henri's Notions at Kentuck Festival

Henri's Notions at Kentuck Festival 

Alabama Music goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 2012 Kentuck Festival. Henri's Notions performed their celtic music from the south. Henri's Notions is Jill Chambless (Lead Vocals / Flute / Whistle), Michael Bowman (Fiddle/Vocals),  Scooter Muse (Guitars/Five String Banjo), Randy Palmer (Bass/Bodhran/Vocals), Mark Lanter (Percussion/Vocals) and Jason Bailey (Mandolin/Bouzouki/Vocals).

From soft fingerpicked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri's Notions creates a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music as well as their own compositions that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage, which lends a pleasing familiarity to the music. The Notions draw from a broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, ringing mandolin and bouzouki, 5 string banjo, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, and driving bass.

Lead voices dance through the intricate embellishments that bring new life to the old ballads and songs, and all members lend voices frequently creating close, rich, well-balanced harmonies. The group makes a point to provide backgrounds on the songs and instruments used during their performance and this has allowed Henri's Notions to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for over thirty years!

Henri's Notions has toured extensively in the Southern and Eastern United Stated from West Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas to New York City. The group has worked countless festivals and concerts and has appeared with such folk icons as Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, The Kingston Trio, David Grisman Quintet and top Celtic acts such as The Tannahill Weavers, Patrick Street, Paddy O'Brien and others.

Henris Notions performs year-round in concerts, festivals, special events, and school programs. As a touring member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Southern Arts Federation, grants are often available to eligible presenters.

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