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The Hennessys

Band, *1967
Singer / Musician / Composer of Folk and World

The Hennessys originally had three members: Frank Hennessy, Dave Burns and Paul Powell. Nowadays, they usually appear as Frank (guitar, main vocals and composer), Dave (mandolin and vocals), and Iolo Jones (fiddle). In 1966, along with Dave Burns, he won Cardiff City Council’s “Spotlight on Youth” competition, paving the way for them both and Paul Powell to turn professional as the folk group Hennessys. They moved to Ireland where they honed their skills on the thriving folk music circuit. It was while in Ireland that the idea came for them to sing a song or two in Welsh to show that they were different from the countless other folk and ballad groups of the time. They enlisted the help of one of Wales’ finest folk musicologist, Meredydd Evans, and so began a long and fruitful friendship which led to much more Welsh material in their repertoire. After taking a break from music in the seventies to concentrate on his family, Frank Hennessy was asked to present a radio programme in 1978, and has been a regular ever since.

Frank Hennessy
voc, g *1947 GB
Dave Burns
voc, man
Paul Powell
voc, bj 1946-2007

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
HomecomingThe Hennessys2000Album
Y Caneuon Cynnar / The Early SongsThe Hennessys1993Album
The Grangetown GondolierThe Hennessys1988Single
Cardiff After DarkThe Hennessys1984Album
John Paul CroseoThe Hennessys1982Single
Rhyddid Yn Ein CanThe Hennessys1973Single
Who Will Cast A Stone? Songs For The Miners Strike 1972The Hennessys1972Single
Poetry Ballads & Songs By Harri WebbThe Green Desert, Harri Webb, Meredydd Evans, Ray Smith, Margaret John, The Hennessys, Heather Jones1972Album
Great Little Trains Of WalesThe Hennessys1971Single
The HennessysThe Hennessys1971Single
Ar Lan Y MorThe Hennessys1970Single
The Road And The MilesThe Hennessys1969Album
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