Having tapped into the gothic madness of a haunted house in southern Kentucky and the mystical heart of the Templar caves underneath Osimo, Italy, the Orphan Brigade’s Joshua Britt, Ben Glover, and Neilson Hubbard returned to Glover’s Irish homeland for their latest collaborative exploration of the spirit and history, fact and fiction that make up a place. They found it in the stories of lost loves and tested faith that make up the legends of the Glenarm Forest, Madman’s Window, the Sea of Moyle, Kinbane Castle, Slemish Mountain, and more.
Neilson Hubbard got his start as a singer/songwriter in the mid-’90s, releasing six solo albums. However, it’s his more than two decades as a producer that have not only put Hubbard on the musical map, but also landed him a 2019 Grammy nomination thanks to his work on Mary Gauthier’s Rifles and Rosary Beads.
Ben Glover’s childhood in the sleepy seaside village of Glenarm in the north of Ireland had a soundtrack from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, as has every moment of his life and work since, from his solo albums to his Orphan Brigade projects. Moving to Nashville in 2009 allowed Glover to not only become steeped in the American roots music and culture he’d studied as a kid, but to also become part of the town’s deeply creative community, which lead to co-writing with artists such as Kim Richey, Mary Gauthier, and Gretchen Peters.
Joshua Britt grew up in a family of artists and musicians 45 minutes south of Bill Monroe’s Kentucky homestead and 20 minutes away from the hometown of “Newgrass” mandolin innovator Sam Bush in what could easily be called the “Mandolin Music Capital of the World.” Old forms of music and art are in his Kentucky blood and he grew up obsessed with everything from Old Appalachian harmony singing to digging through fields for arrowheads. Britt has focused on incorporating some of those older and more hard-wired aesthetics and textures into his own art. As a founding member of both the Farewell Drifters and the Orphan Brigade, Britt has performed around the world.
The Henry Girls – Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.