The Hennessys

The Hennessys

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.


The Hennessys Discography Tracks


The Hennessy's* The Road And The Miles Cambrian, Cambrian UK 1969 Sell This Version
CLP 603 The Green Desert, Harri Webb, Meredydd Evans, Ray Smith (19), Margaret John (2), The Hennessys, Heather Jones The Green Desert, Harri Webb, Meredydd Evans, Ray Smith (19), Margaret John (2), The Hennessys, Heather Jones - Poetry Ballads & Songs By Harri Webb(LP) Cambrian CLP 603 UK 1972 Sell This Version
MF 106 The Hennessys Cardiff After Dark(LP) Music Factory (14) MF 106 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Hennessys* Y Caneuon Cynnar / The Early Songs (Album) Sain UK 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CEP 455 Yr Hennessys* Ar Lan Y Mor(7", EP) Cambrian CEP 455 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SAIN 16 The Hennessys Great Little Trains Of Wales(7") Sain SAIN 16 UK 1971 Sell This Version
CEP 471 The Hennessys The Hennessys(7", EP) Cambrian CEP 471 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SAIN 22 The Hennessys Who Will Cast A Stone? Songs For The Miners Strike 1972(7", EP) Sain SAIN 22 UK 1972 Sell This Version
SAIN 32 The Hennessys Rhyddid Yn Ein Can(7", EP) Sain SAIN 32 UK 1973 Sell This Version
SAIN 98S Yr Hennessys* John Paul Croseo(7", Single) Sain SAIN 98S UK 1982 Sell This Version
SWOB 002 The Hennessys The Grangetown Gondolier(7") Wobbly Records (2) SWOB 002 UK 1988 Sell This Version


HFG 02 The Hennessys Homecoming(CD) HFG Records HFG 02 UK 2000 Sell This Version