Disarming in a moment, his soft, melodic delivery is born from a keen perception of the human condition. This understated authenticity is why you’ll find Poor Nameless Boy on the fringes of something much deeper than modern indie-folk. In his quest to retain a certain humbled anonymity, Regina-based Joel Henderson has, in fact, made himself more noticeable than ever.
Though similar to his contemporaries with his wispy, shiver-worthy vocal tones reminiscent of Donovan Woods and Gregory Alan Isakov; Henderson’s stark vulnerability sets him apart, coupled with a deep lyrical poignancy. Since the release of Activity Book (2013), and the proceeding, stunningly beautiful and acclaimed Bravery (2016); Henderson has seen some notable milestones, including a recent publishing deal and several successful tours and showcases in Canada and Europe.
Henderson’s striking grasp of life’s complexities is mirrored by a pure modesty, allowing listeners to immerse themselves into the stories, songs and experiences of Poor Nameless Boy without pretence. With no desire to be seen as a brand or commodity, his humanistic proposition is entirely irresistible, and as a songwriter, effortlessly engaging.
Stuff People Are Saying
Poor Nameless Boy singer-songwriter / folk / roots “...mellow, folksy, acoustic guitar-driven instrumentation with Henderson’s earnest, emotional vocals.” Sarah Murphy, Exclaim.ca Release Date: January 15, 2016
"It's a pretty, melancholic offering that exemplifies Bravery's overarching themes of life and hope, as well as Henderson's growth as a songwriter." Sarah Murphy, Exclaim.ca
"Poor Nameless Boy actually has a name - it's Joel Henderson. The man's music bears a prime descriptor as well: classic folk/roots, Canadian-style. These warm and lovely songs need to be heard by a wider audience!" Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio
"A young man writing extremely moody, thoughtful, kind of wistful songs." Kelley Jo Burke - CBC Radio One
"...'Bravery' demonstrates perfectly Henderson’s strengths as both a songwriter and a singer." Jeff Dedekker, Leader Post
"Poor Nameless Boy (Joel Henderson) serves up a new generation of folk music while interacting naturally with the audience. A pleasure to have on our stage." All Folk'd Up Music Festival