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Edge of Heaven: 10 Kids, 10 Songs
The Henman Family CD
Halifax, NS – September 2017 – In 2016, a few siblings from Nova Scotia sat in their sister’s living room in the picturesque village of Mabou, Cape Breton, making music – as they invariably do when together. That night, the seed was planted to create a CD of original Henman songs. It seemed to be the right time. The concept of the CD Edge of Heaven: 10 Kids, 10 Songs was born.
The musical talent of their parents, Julia and Bill Henman, fostered a passion for music in each of their ten children. It was not uncommon to have a Henman perform in a local church choir, stage play or rock band. All ten Henmans, aged 56 to 70, are still either making or enjoying music.
Their new CD is a true labor of love and legacy. Although two of the siblings live outside of Nova Scotia – one as far away as British Columbia – all ten have come together for this special project of ten original songs.
“I was excited from the first moment we discussed the project. The songs, the lyrics, the musicians, the vocals, our Producer and arranger – everything is falling into place. I am very proud of what we have created. I think our friends and fans are going to love it, “says oldest brother Jim.
Several Henman siblings have had careers in the performing arts. Jim is one of the founding members of the Canadian rock band, April Wine, and a Juno Hall of Fame member. Jean (Beks) has three CDs to her credit, including featured performances on various artists’ projects. She has performed in Germany and Canada as a solo and group artist. Pat followed her acting passion as a 35-year veteran of live theatre, and in 2012 won the Kootenay Music Award Song of the Year for her solo debut album. The youngest brother, Paul, has been composing and performing for many years. Joan (MacLeod) makes her debut as a lyricist, working closely with Paul and Jim, while the remaining five – Jack, Bob, Harold, Judy and Stephen – have been working behind the scenes to develop the song list, and are featured singing lead vocal spots and background. As a bonus, their Mother’s recording in her late eighties of In the Chapel in the Moonlight will be a bonus track on the CD.
Ian Sherwood, Canadian singer/songwriter/musician and producer, worked with the Henman family to arrange and create a cohesive CD project of the 10 original Henman songs, and also performs on the project. Scott Ferguson of MFP Matrix Studio contributed his engineering skills and his musical talent as drummer to all ten songs.
Proceeds of the CD will be donated to MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). In 2013, the youngest sister, Pat , and her daughter Maia, were critically injured by a drunk driver in a car crash, prompting the family to unite in support of MADD. For more information on MADD Canada please visit their website at CD will be released for sale in October 2017 with performances planned for 2018.
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Jeannie Beks/ Paul Eisan . More Than My Share writen by J.Henman and J. Rideout

I can,t believe it . It’s been 25 years since Jerry and I co-wrote this tune. It was my first time seriously getting back into writing after a focusing on other things in life . George Hebert engineered the tune. George was playing with Anne Murray’s band at this time but was home and off the road for a spell. Paul Eisan sings the duet with Jeannie.

A little rough footage from Nelson House Concert

Shot with hand held near the bass. It is what it is.