The name Christie Hennessy is well-known in the pantheon of Irish music Legends. His death left an enormous hole in the music scene but his music will ensure his legacy will stay alive eternally. And proving that an apple doesn't fall far from the tree, his daughter Hermione releases her new album Songs My Father Taught Me, a record that not only pays tribute to Christie, but an album he urged her to make before he died.
Hermione Hennessy is a classically trained pianist with a voice inherited from a legend. In the past she has duetted with her father on such tracks as Mr Blue, Gettin' Over You and If You Were To Fall.
She has spent her working life in the music industry, helping nurture and develop acts such as Kami Thompson (Richard and Linda's daughter) and Judie Tzuke, Stephen Bishop, Feeder and The Soldiers, as well as creatively aiding a diversity of acts from Groove Armada through to Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, via Will Smith and R Kelly, through her company Black and Blonde.
Now its time for Hermione to shine. Since Christies death, she has been managing his back catalogue and taking care of the legacy. This album is as much about him as it is about Hermione.
Songs My Father Taught Me showcases a performer whose entire life has been steeped in the poetry and music of Ireland, with vocal stylings that remind of the likes of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, right up to the beautiful and dramatic style of Ute Lemper.
Soon after release, Hermione intends to tour, saying I plan to sing songs he loved, songs I grew up with, songs he wanted me to sing from when I first started playing the piano up to his passing, along with the songs that made the record. And it is my intention to take his music to the world and keep his name alive.
Having written songs for Frances Black, Roisin O'Reilly and Rhian Mair Lewis, the album and tour will see Hermione debuting her self-penned material. 2010 belongs to this multi-talented lady!
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