The Towners

The Towners performing at the Adrian I Park in 2009.

The Towners are a Brunanter indie folk rock band from Charles Town, Sint-Anders Parish, active since 2000. The band consists of brothers Steve Hennessey (banjo) and Edward Hennessey (guitar), Bill Ray (stand-up bass), Alistair Richardson (cello) and Ned Jane (drums). Their sound has been described as a distinct mixture of heavy sadness with light pop concision, a tuneful jangle and lots of raw energy. Their lyrics frequently focus on history, folklore, legends and myths, either known or self-invented.

Over the years The Towners have collaborated with different musicians from Brunant and Lovia.

History Edit

Sint-Anders street

The Towners tried out their music by performing on the streets, including those of old Carona

Although playing music together since childhood, the partnership between brothers Steve and Edward Hennessey truly began in the late 1990s with the merger of Steve's high school rock band Eleanor and Edward's college group Belafonte. Together with some friends the brothers started experimenting with acoustic music at night.

After a few street performances and get-togethers in Charles Town and Sint-Anders the brothers and Belafonte guitarist David Shark put together The Towners, a self-titled extended play, in 2000. As Belafonte fell apart, Steve and Edward continued to write acoustic music together.

With the early 2002 addition of stand-up bassist Bill Ray, the band released their first full length album Hasbeens and Neverweres themselves. The Towners set out on a self-booked tour on Hogeberg Island to promote the album and in late 2002 began preparations for a follow-up after signing with independent label Raconteur Records.

Members Edit

Edward and Steve Hennessey

Steve and Edward Hennessey.

  • Steve Hennessey – lead vocals, backup vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, percussion, hi-hat
  • Edward Hennessey – lead vocals, backup vocals, banjo, harmonica, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, percussion
  • Bill Ray – backup vocals, stand-up bass, electric bass, percussion
  • Alistair Richardson – cello
  • Ned Jane – drums

Discography Edit

Studio albums Edit

Hasbeens and Neverweres

Hasbeens and Neverweres (2002)

Live albums Edit

Compilation albums Edit

EPs Edit

The Towners EP

The Towners (2000)

Singles Edit

  • 'May on the Move!' (2009, of Hasbeens and Neverweres)
  • 'Love, He and She' (2009, of Patrickson's)
  • 'Down By The Harbor' (2011, of Crane Is Coming)
  • 'Crane Is Coming' (2012, of Crane Is Coming)
  • 'And Then There Were Three' featuring Monica Cowan (2016, of Last Man)

Videos Edit

Other appearances Edit

References and notes Edit

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