Noel Henry, who was born in Balla, County Mayo, came over to the United States in 1969 and worked as a solo musician in New York City for a few years before moving to Boston. It was at this time he recorded his first album, entitled "With a Little Help from My Friends".
In 1972, Noel was joined in America by his mother and father and his brothers, Mattie and Tommie. With Mattie playing bass guitar and Tommie playing drums, Noel formed his Irish Showband in 1974. The original band name was "Noel Henry & the Celtic Blues" and included Donnie Costello.
Over the years, the band has featured many talented musicians, including Paul Matinzi, Brendan Bulger, Brendan Haley, Caroline Doherty Roddy, and Larry Reynolds, who occasionally still plays with the band today.
Noel founded a business called Noel Henry Tours and began organizing tours with the band, which included Getaway Weekends, tours of Ireland, and cruises to exotic places like Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Europe, the Panama Canal, Australia, and the Greek Isles. Many of the band's followers attended these trips which always included entertainment by the band
In 1988, Noel was diagnosed with cancer and after a year of chemotherapy, he recovered and was able to return to the band.
In 1992, Mattie left the band to devote more time to his family and his growing record and video distribution business, Irish Records, Intl.
In 1994, Noel was told the cancer had returned. He remained hopeful that he would have a full recovery, and began treatments for the cancer. During his absence from the band, he added a vocalist, Caroline Doherty from Co. Derry, Ireland. Sadly, on January 31, 1995, Noel lost his battle with cancer. He is greatly missed by many friends around the world.
Since Noel's passing, the members of the band have been carrying on Noel's well-established tradition of fine entertainment.
Noel Henry's Irish Showband has been performing now for over 30 years and has achieved national and international success and popularity. They are best known around the Northeast, but several times a year they still travel to other major cities across the United States to visit and perform for the many friends they have made over the years.
In addition to two solo albums by Noel Henry, the band has recorded 15 albums to date, the latest being "In My Father's House".
In May 2004, Noel's eldest daughter, Caroline, joined the band and has been singing and traveling with the band ever since.
The band still plays all over New England, and between the former members and present members of the band, they have been lucky to have had tremendously talented musicians, who continue to carry on the Irish tradition in Noel's memory.
Tommie Henry was born in County Mayo and came over to the United States in 1972. Tommie has been singing and playing drums with the band since his brother Noel founded it in 1974. Since Noel passed away in 1995, Tommie has successfully led the band, coordinated the Getaway Weekends and cruises, and managed all the bookings. Tommie also owns his own landscaping company which services the south shore area. He lives in Plymouth with his wife, Laurie and they have two sons, Christopher and Declan.
Paul Kenneally was born in Boston and is the youngest of six children. He joined the band in 1985, and his ancestors hail from Ballygarvan, County Cork. He attended Berklee School of Music, where he developed superb skills and versatility on keyboards, saxophone, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, and vocals making him a tremendous asset to the band. Paul has 2 sons, and he currently works as an Assistant Clerk at the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Tim Keohane has played on the Irish music scene in Boston since 1983, and he joined the Noel Henry Band in April 2017. As a vocalist and guitarist, he brings a strong background in Irish folk music to every performance, with an extensive repertoire of classic rock and country music. He founded the band "Tradition" in 1988 and continues to perform with the group today. He also performs as "Keohane & Kenneally", with long time friend Paul Kenneally. He is married to violinist Sheila Falls-Keohane and together they have a son and 2 daughters. He loves visiting his father's home in Ballinadee, Co. Cork.
Caroline Henry Brennan is the eldest daughter of Noel and Winnie Henry and has six siblings. She has always been involved with music and enjoyed attending the dances to hear her dad's band play. Caroline joined the band in 2004 and her smile often reminds the band's followers of her dad, Noel. She sings, plays tambourine, and guilele. She also recently recorded a solo album called "Leap" comprised of her own original songs and a bonus track of a Saw Doctors" song. http://www.carolinebrennanmusic.com She currently lives on Cape Cod with her husband and fellow musician, Sean Brennan.
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Noel Henry's Irish Showband has been fortunate to have extremely talented musicians be a part of the band.