In an industry so cut throat and where X-Factor holds status (sob) I always cheer when a true musician, with scruffy hair and a gloriously undeterred happy outlook comes my way. Enter Henry Dingle. A real life, guitar playing gent who grew up on an orchard and can out-eat me in cake. (That’s unusual).
Henry’s new album, ‘The Boy Who Never Learned’ is a beautiful scrapbook of everything he holds dear. Real life, real sentiment, real musicians and no nonsense. Many people who know and love Henry (and there are many) played a part in the creation of this album, from baking cakes for his album launch to designing the cover sleeve – and it is all the sweeter for it.
Henry is gracing the stage at the Portobello Acoustic Sessions on the 3rd June, but for those of you who can’t wait to sample a bit of Mr Dingle, here is my fave – ‘January’ (Track 4 – on repeat). His brother Fergus and he shot the film together, and I have had jumper envy ever since. Enjoy.