Since becoming the youngest ever musician to win the prestigious
BBC Young Folk Award – also the first from Ireland, and the first uilleann
piper – Jarlath Henderson certainly hasn’t rushed into making his debut solo
album. In fact it’s only now, more than a decade later, that this
hotly-anticipated recording is finally in the bag, due out in autumn 2015.
Not that Henderson – also a triple All Ireland champion by the
time he was 19 – has exactly been idle. Equally gifted on both pipes and
whistles, he won huge critical plaudits for Partners in Crime, his 2008 duo
release alongside Scottish co-instrumentalist Ross Ainslie, with whom he’s
gigged extensively in both a trio and a six-piece, at international festivals
including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, Tønder, Shetland, Lorient and Jodhpur
in Rajasthan. Between times, he’s also appeared in such variously stellar
company as The Transatlantic Sessions, Jack Bruce, Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy
Keenan, Salsa Celtica, Phil Cunningham, Buille, Michael McGoldrick and the
Earth Affair line-up, which performed for Nelson Mandela in 2005.