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Steel Guitar/Double Bass, vocal harmony duo sing 13 traditional Murder Ballads & Death Songs.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (39:57) !
Related styles: Country: Old-Timey, Folk: String Band, Type: Acoustic

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ââââ1/2 Maverick Magazine Oct 2010

These brothers hail from Norfolk but their musical geography roams and rambles further afield, scaling the Appalachians and coming down the other side, descending into the dark heart of traditional American song craft. Their debut is made up entirely of old time death songs and murder ballads, read in a traditionally elegiac and stately manner, and itâs clear that the Henries â Mark and Graham â are well versed in this music. They are able to treat it seriously and respectfully but also to enjoy it, to communicate a passion and to allow the blood to course through these songs, rendering them more immediate than their storied and murky histories may suggest.
The brothers form a central resonator and upright bass duo, holding their achingly off-kilter harmonies afloat and augmented by an array of guest musicians, most notably Sid Griffin of the Long Ryders who provides mandolin. And these are all songs deeply ingrained in the traditional Americana canon: Banks Of The Ohiorolls along over frantic banjo scales. Katie Dear is rendered almost dreamlike by a distant birdsong fiddle part, and other than four brief bass notes, Gloryland is read in an astonishingly beautiful a capella mode.
To the aficionado of such music, DEATH IS ONLY A DREAM can be seen as a wholly competent and often exhilarating performance of both revivalism and extenuation, a knowing and glorious visitation of a timeless musical form, and to the layman this record can function as the kind of stepping stone, reference point or brief window that one may associate with, say, the O Brother soundtrack. And even an aficionado will cede that such a comparison is truly high praise. AlexC

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The henry brothers
Death is only a dream

Album Launch:
August 20th 2010
The Greennote
106 Parkway

TSA Recordings are proud to announce the release of the debut CD of old time death songs and murder ballads from the rising stars of UK Americana..
The Henry Brothers, âDeath

is Only a Dreamâ. (TSA122)

Featuring Special Guests:
Sid Griffin (The Long Ryders/The Coal Porters)
Patrick Arbuthnot (Hank Wangford/The Rockingbirds)
Chantal Hill (The Cedars)
Jeremy Mendonca (Norton Money)
Howard Burton (Deep River/The Dude Coopers)
Jess Hannar (The Three Beards)

About The Henry Brothers

Mark plays a resonator (âNationalâ style) guitar, Graham plays Double Bass and they sing harmonies together as if theyâve been doing it their whole lives, because they have. The brothers have been in bands together since their early teens, mostly playing around their native Norfolk.

When their last band (The Flavours) fizzled out in 2006 they found themselves increasingly fascinated by the strange dark tales of grizzly murder and untimely demise recorded in the 1930âs â40âs and â50âs by a string of Brother acts, such as the Louvin Bros, Monroe Bros, Bill and Earl Bollick âThe Bluesky Boys, Dixon Bros, Allen Bros etc.

The Henry Brothers formed in spring 2007 with the intention of entertaining themselves and a few friends, but after performing, very informally, at a Bar in July â07, they were offered five more gigs and the whole thing took on a life itâs own.

Theyâve since entertained audiences all over the UK including Glastonbury Festival and Bestival (twice), as well as Londonâs Luminaire & Bush Hall.
Graham Lives in Norwich, while Mark Lives in London, where they play most of their gigs.

About the album

For their first full length Album, The Henry Brothers have augmented their sound on eight of the thirteen songs, with some of the friends theyâve made in the Country, Bluegrass, Americana and Folk bands they have enjoyed sharing a bill with over the past two years. Subtle backing from all concerned, gives âDeath is Only a Dreamâ variations in tone, while maintaining a simple, uncluttered sound throughout.

Producer Taff Perkins is a Musician, DJ, Music Archivist, Writer, Field-Recordist and founder member of the Norfolk & Norwich Music History Society. His intention was to capture The Henry Brothers sound as simply and directly as possible, without using studio trickery. He recorded The Henry Brothers playing and singing together with just two mics. Taffâs background in field-recording made him the right man for the job.

The guests were all recorded by Taff in their own homes, to help maintain that homespun feel and because Taff believes, and the brothers firmly agree, that people play better in their own front room than in recording studios.

About the songs

Death is Only a Dream - Hank Williams Snrâs favourite song, this is a spiritual meditation on the nature of death. The text was written by C. W. Ray and the chorus was added and the tune was composed by A. J. Buchanan. The song first appeared in the 1892 Living Songs for The Sunday School, The Epworth League, Prayer Meetings, Revivals, and All Special Occasions of Christian Work and Worship edited by McIntosh and W. G. E. Cunnyngham.

Katy Dear - A double suicide song. The earliest text appears as a broadside from Chrome, Sheffield, titled âDrowsy Sleeperâ in the Bodelian Library from 1817. The song and its close variants have many names: "The Drowsy Sleeper " âOh Molly Dear (Go Ask Your Mother)â âSilver Dagger;â âI Will Put My Ship in Orderâ.
Features Jess Hannar on Fiddle.

Banks of the Ohio â A murder ballad and bluegrass standard This classic story can't be traced to a particular origin, but similarities have been noted between it and certain English broadside ballads about murders, and it may be based on a real murder.
Features Howard Burton on Banjo.

Two Little Rosebuds â An infant death song about two non-swimming sisters who go wading in a millpond. No further information available.

Mary of the Wild Moor - This song tells the tragic tale of homeless Mary and her child, who seek refuge at her father's house. He does not hear her shouts and Mary and her child freeze on the doorstep. The earliest surviving evidence of "Mary Of The Moor" is a broadside, with the caption The St. James Looking Glass, printed by James Catnach in London from around 1820.
Features Sid Griffin on Madolin.

Tragic Romance â A death song from America about a case of mistaken identity. No further information available.

Darlin Corey - Known by many names including "Dig a Hole in the Meadow," "Darlin' Cora," "Little Lulie," "Darling Cora," "Corey, Corey." The first collected version was made by Cecil Sharp in 1918 from English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians (1932, no. 152; with tune).
Features Jeremy Mendonca on Guitar.

In the Hills of Roane County â A murder ballad based on the the killing of Thomas Galbreath in in Roane County, September of 1884. Willis Maberry, was Tom Galbreath's brother-in-law and, according to the records found in the Historic Roane County Courthouse archives, Willis shot him with a shotgun, though he wasnât tried until 1909. Maberry wrote a poem about the murder while in prison, which was later set to music, which became this song.
Features Howard Burton on Banjo.

This Time Another Year â A traditional spiritual about the inevitability of death which, like so much southern American gospel, transcended the racial divide. No further information available.

Fair Eyed Ellen â A murder ballad of uncertain American origin. The Bluesky Boys were taught this song by their grandmother along with most of their traditional material. No further information available.
Features Sid Griffin on Madolin.

Little Glass of Wine â A murder and suicide ballad from Virginia.
No further information available.
Features Jess Hannar on Fiddle.

Gloryland â A spiritual about heaven being better than earth.
No further information available.

Satanâs Jewell Crown- A gospel song of sin and redemption.
No further information available.
Features Chantal Hill on Vocals and Patrick Arbuthnot on Pedal Steel.


âWeâve shared a stage with so many fantastic musicians over the last couple of years it seemed a shame not to utilise them.â Graham

âWeâve got Sid Griffin on our Album. SID GRIFFIN, from the Long Ryders, for Christs sake!â Mark

âEveryone played so sweet for us, they were all just great. Mostly playing out of their comfort zones really âcos we are very âOld-Timeyâ which is a very different feel, it means much more restraint than Bluegrass for instance which is so virtuosic, flash & fancy.â Graham

âItâs great to finally record with Patrick (Arbuthnot: The Rockingbirds), weâve known him for years âcos he lives in Norwich.â Mark

âI love what he did on âSatanâs Jewel Crownââ Graham

âAnd Chantal (Hill: The Cedars), on that one too, of course.â Mark

âThe Cedars are a fantastic band and Chantalâs a proper chanteuseâ Mark

âSheâs got a hell of a set of pipesâ Graham

âWe nearly didnât bother with âSatanâs Jewel Crownâ, We hardly ever play it live, âcos it really needs that third harmony.â Mark

âIt was the runt of the litter but now itâs just lovelyâ. Graham

âWe are NOT obsessed with death. Folk music is. People have sung about death forever. Death was a very real part of everyday life up till the middle of the last century. Everyone lost at least one child. Life expectancy was pretty low all around. Songs where people died were just as normal and acceptable as those with a romantic theme. Since the development of modern medicine our culture has grown uncomfortable with death as a subject of song. A hundred years ago if you got ill there really was a good chance you might die. â Graham

âEverybody lost at least one child, or a brother, and parents, of course. Not that it wasnât a shattering event for the families but it was commonplace & nobody felt it was a strange thing to sing about. These days people seem perfectly comfortable with it in film and books and TV shows. Illness, serial killers, disasters and destruction are all over the media.â Mark

âMurder is high drama and high drama is what people have always wanted. These days itâs gone less mainstream, Gangstar Rap, Metal & Goth still use mortality as a central theme alot.â Graham

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