Alana Henderson

ABOUT: Alana Henderson played cello & provided backing vocals on Hozier’s tour from May 2014 to March 2016. Alana is a singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland who plays multiple instruments, including cello, ukulele, piano, flute and tin whistle. She has released an album of reinterpreted traditional Irish folk songs, as well as an EP of her own compositions.

Feature: Cello There, Alana! from July 2015

News Archive

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Aug 11:  Alana supported Holly Macve at the Open House Festival in Bangor, NI. Aug 10: The Maven released a highlight video of Alana’s gig there. Aug 9: A snapshot video of the series at The Maven.

July 17: Alana announced that she’ll be playing an intimate gig at Maven, a contemporary design studio in N. Belfast, on August 3. Limited tickets are available.

June 4: Alana gave some vocal support to her brother Jarlath Henderson at his gig at Belfast’s Duncairn Centre. 

May 25: Alana was on The Arts Show performing The Only One I Don’t Regret and Song About A Song. May 25: Women’s Work Festival is an industry conference and showcase for women musicians in Belfast. Alana headlined a showcase with frequent collaborator Connor Burnside at the Oh Yeah CentreMay 17: In celebration of the 50th-anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s debut album, Alana will join other guest vocalists and musicians on May 20to play the seminal album in full at The MAC, Belfast. 

April 30: Alana supported Joshua Burnside at his album launch at the Duke of York in Belfast. Apr 29: Opened for Cara Dillon at the 18th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast Apr 28: Alana and her brother Jarlath were making music together at The MAC. Apr 27:  Alana has a fresh stock of her Wax & Wane EP available on Bandcamp. Apr 13: Alana and Jarlath Henderson will be opening for Cara Dillon at The 18th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on Apr 29. Apr 11: Alana has a 12-month HATCH residency at The MAC in Belfast.  Apr 7: Seeing a familiar friend at the Mac for rehearsals. Apr 5: Writing at the Mac in Belfast. 

Mar 23: Alana posted a sneak preview of her upcoming music video and an old clip of How Do You Sleep from a few years back in tribute to Martin McGuiness.  Mar 17: Alana joined Joshua Burnside for a St. Patrick’s Day show in Belfast. Mar 2: Alana’s Wax and Wane was added to Spotify’s Women of Folk playlist.

Feb 25: Alana received a visit from Jake Ryan, tour manager from the Hozier tour. Feb 9: Alana’s brother, Jarlath Henderson, is nominated for 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. UK residents can vote for Hearts Broken, Heads Turned (on which Alana contributes vocals) as the Best Album, until February 17. The track Courting is a Pleasure is nominated for Song of the Year. Feb 2: Alana started her Northern Ireland tour supporting Dana Masters playing the first night in Belfast. Feb 2, 3, 4, 5: Supporting Dana Masters, Open House Festival, NI. 

Jan 27: Alana is featured in the video by PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music program. Jan 21: Alana performed with her brother, Jarlath Henderson, to a sold out crowd at the Out To Lunch Festival in Belfast. They closed their set with The Parting Glass. Photo set and fabulous review. Jan 16: Alana made a mixed tape for music blog, The Thin Air. 

2016

Dec 16: Alana appeared with Joshua Burnside on The Arts Show on BBC Radio Ulster to sing Holllllogram. Dec 4: Alana released a refreshed and final run of 300 limited edition hand printed and numbered CDs of her 2013 Irish traditional album, Windfall. This gorgeous work is available from her Bandcamp pageDec 3: Taking a turn at modeling on the seashore, these stunning photos appeared as part of a campaign for Éadach Morrigan skinny scarves available exclusively in The Marvel Room at Brown Thomas and featured in The Irish Times Magazine. 

Oct 27: Alana Henderson announced that she will be supporting Dana Masters on tour in February 2017. She recently showcased her music with a full band at Hard Working Class Heroes in Dublin.