WANT TO GO?
The Henry Sisters
With Holy Cow
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
INFO: 304-348-8014 ext. 105 or www.liveontheleveecharleston.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Friday's performance at Live on the Levee won't be the Henry Girls first visit to Charleston. The folk trio of Irish sisters played "Mountain Stage" almost exactly a year ago.
The return visit to Charleston kicks off a 12-day U.S. tour. Before they return to Inishowen in County Donegal, they will play Black Sheep Burritos and Brews in Huntington, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and four days at the Milwaukee Irish Fest, among others.
For some of those shows (though not Live on the Levee), they'll be joined by The Fox Hunt. They've been collaborating with the Martinsburg-based neo-string band for two years.
"We were commissioned by the Earagail Arts Festival to collaborate with another band," Joleen McLaughlin explained.
Collaborations are part of the event. Sometimes, festival organizers have matched up Irish artists for a special project: for example, Irish actor Stephen Rea with Irish playwright Brian Friel.
Occasionally, though, they've stepped off the island. In 2011, they matched up the Irish trio with the West Virginia quartet.
"It really worked out," McLaughlin said, pleased.