Henry’s Funeral Shoe’s critically acclaimed album ‘Donkey Jacket’ out now
December 24, 2011 by writer
“South Wales brothers mine a rich garage-blues seam “ 8/10 Vive Le Rock
“Scuzzy, catchy blues-rock, one to watch” Guitarist
“Irresistible, garage-fuelled energy” Uncut
“This is thumpingly good, whisky-drinking music that’s worth losing your boots for” Classic Rock
“Class mandolin, slide guitar, harmonica and piano super enhance Aled’s guitar and Brennig’s percussion skins. Quality” Big Cheese
“Sincere classic rock” Tour Times
“Their primal, stomping blues-rock has earned them comparisons to other decibel heavy duos such as the White Stripes and The Black Keys” The Western Mail
“A raw, fuzzed-out, garage-boogie attitude and a riff-o-rama sensibility. Their sound can be heavy as a 2000 lb. budgie, menacing as a back-alley swaying drunk, and when they crank up the riffing or let rip with some high-octane slide, it’s as transporting as anything by post-Mississippi Fred McDowell” Pop Matters
South Wales duo Henry’s Funeral Shoe have unleashed their distinctive punk-energy-blues-drenched-rock ‘n’ roll, ‘Donkey Jacket’.
Comprised of brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford, this second offering evokes images of the Deep South, rather than the Welsh Valleys from which they hail. With their incendiary guitars and heavy metal-like energy, fans of Seasick Steve, The John Spencer Blues Explosion and The Jim Jones Review should find much to like in Henry’s Funeral Shoe.
‘Donkey Jacket’ features a number of guest appearances from a plethora of acclaimed musicians, including long time Van Morrison collaborator John ‘Ned’ Edwards on harmonica, slide guitar and mandolin, Pete Hurley of legendary 70s Welsh band Lone Star on bass, and Justin Beynon of the Broken Vinyl Club tinkling the ivories.
Taking its name from the coat worn by Welsh miners, ‘Donkey Jacket’, is a collection of rousing numbers ranging from the hard-hitting ‘Love Is A Fever’ and ‘Anvil & Chains’, to their contrasting softer side on acoustic-driven tracks ‘Heart on Fire’ and ‘Across The Sky’.
Henry’s Funeral Shoe recorded the album in Wales with Tim Hammill at the helm, whilst mixing duties were undertaken by Jim Diamond (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Go) across the pond in Detroit.