Get to Know: Janet Henry
She is a well-established singer songwriter from Belfast, whose latest album Going Home is creating a stir and much critical acclaim, both at home and further afield.
Renowned Californian musicians Kathy Barwick and Pete Siegfried have recently recorded one of her songs as the title track of their new CD Stones and Gravel. Get to Know Janet Henry.
Where are you from: East Belfast
What’s your favourite venue: The Red Room in Cookstown…. It’s perfect in every way.
What musician would you most like to collaborate with: I was going to say someone like Mark Knopfler, but in fact I have found my music collaborator closer to home, in my producer Dean Stevens, of One30two Recording Studios Holywood. He is a joy to work with, a very talented musician and producer, and I don’t think I could have asked for more than that.
What’s the last thing you do before going on stage: I usually panic, thinking I’ve forgotten all my lyrics.
Who are you listening to: I’m listening to John Mayer’s latest album “The Search for Everything”. It is brilliant. He is brilliant.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less: Disorganised, forgetful, family loving musician!!
Describe your perfect day: A day without deadlines and not having to be in 3 places at once!
What is your most memorable gig: I would have to say it was at The American Folk Park in Omagh this year. Being on stage with the whole family was really rather special.
Best thing about Northern Ireland: Our humour, the North Coast, and an ulster fry.
What was the last gift you gave: Ice skates for my daughter which I got signed by her favourite ice hockey player. Her reaction was priceless.
What musician would you like to be stuck in a lift with: I have always loved Paul Rodgers voice so I don’t think I would notice being stuck in a lift if I could sing with him.
What is your most valued possession: I have kept all the little notes from Colin and the children over the years. I love them, they are irreplaceable.
Favourite line from a song: There are many, but I particularly like “Don’t confront me with my failures, for I have not forgotten them” from a song by Jackson Browne called These Days.
What’s next: Well after a very busy summer I will be officially launching my latest CD entitled Going Home on Friday 14th September at the Red Room Cookstown and Sat 15th at CFC Café on the Belmont Road Belfast.
If you cant make Janets launch, you can also catch her at The Mitre & Minstrel Festival, Desertcreat in September, The Braid Ballymena & The Steel Guitar Festival Green Isle Hotel Dublin, both in October.