The Hennessys are one of
Wales' foremost traditional folk
Frank Hennessy and Dave Burns (born
David Burns, 4 Nov 1946,
in Cardiff), both from
Cardiff's Irish community, won a talent competition organised by
Cardiff City Council which
persuaded them to take up music professionally shortly afterwards,
adding Paul Powell (born in 1946, in Cardiff - died 2007) on banjo
and vocals. Having achieved success in the Cardiff area,
they decided to spend some time travelling around Ireland, to acquire
a wider musical experience.
It was at this time that they
were persuaded to develop a greater Welsh identity and they started
to introduce traditional Welsh
songs into their repertoire, with great success, and
their career took off.
They appeared regularly on television in Wales, appeared on stage
throughout the country and recorded several albums. Many of their
songs like "Farewell to the Rhondda" (about the decline of the
mining industry in Wales and its social consequences), "Tiger Bay"
(about emigration from Tiger Bay
Dockland district of Cardiff) and the capital's anthem "Cardiff
Born" have become folk standards.
current line-up still includes Hennessy (on guitar) and Burns (on
guitar and mandolin), who have now been joined by fiddle player
Iolo Jones (born 12 Feb 1955, in Plymouth, Devon, England).
Frank Hennessy has been hosting his own radio programmes on
BBC Radio Wales
- Thoughts & Memories – 1987
- Caneuon Cynnar / The Early Songs – 1993
- Cardiff After Dark