Meet the Band

Jil Chambless
Lead Vocals / Flute / Whistle

A native of Montgomery, AL, Jil comes from a family of musicians.  Although she was raised on church music, classical, and rock-n-roll, she was first introduced to the wonderful world of Celtic music in the late 1980′s when she joined Henri’s Notions, which changed her life forever. During her tenure, the Notions have completed six recording projects and performed at concerts and festivals all over the United States and abroad.  Jil, the voice of the Notions, has become one of America’s top Celtic music vocalists and musicians. 

In 2009, Jil released her first solo CD, “The Ladies Go Dancing”, which was produced by the legendary Brian McNeill of Battlefield Band fame. 2011 marked the release of “The Laverock Sang”- a duo recording with Scooter Muse.

http://www.jilchambless.com/

 

Michael Bowman
Fiddle / Vocals

Michael Bowman has been a member of Henri’s Notions from the time it was an unnamed collection of musicians playing folk music at social gatherings in the 1970′s. In the years since, he has played violin in many genres from country, classical, bluegrass, jazz and celtic music. He has also been an active member of the Tuscaloosa symphony since 1987. Michael is a habitué of pub sessions where, if he is not found among the musicians playing jigs and reels with a pint by his side, he might be found in competition at the dart board.

 

 

Scooter Muse
Guitars / Five String Banjo

Scooter has his roots in Bluegrass Music and has been privileged to win ten State of Alabama & Tennessee Valley Championship titles for 5 String and Old Time Banjo. Scooter began to tap into the incredible world of Celtic Music about 25 years ago. After learning a flood of traditional jigs and reels on the banjo he began to explore the Celtic domain of open tunings for the guitar and from 1994 till 2002 was founder and leader of one of the country’s finest Celtic bands, The Full Moon Ensemble, touring the US, Canada and Scotland. After the FME went their separate ways in December of 2002, Scooter was proud to join Henri’s Notions after being a big fan of the band for many years! The Notions have recorded two CDs during his time with the band, “John O’ Dreams” and “Trip to the Cottage”.

In 2005 he released his first solo guitar CD, “Saddell Abbey” featuring 14 tracks of music. The CD includes 12 original compositions for acoustic guitar including music set to the poetry of Robert Burns, and 3 songs by the Full Moon Ensemble’s Allison King and Jil Chambless of Henri’s Notions.

2011 marked the release of “The Laverock Sang”- a duo recording with Jil Chambless.

http://www.scootermuse.com/

Randy Palmer
Bass / Bodhran / Vocals

Randy Palmer grew up in a family that made music in and around the coal camps in West Central Alabama in Walker County near Cordova. He began playing electric and upright bass in junior highschool in the late 1960’s with local bands playing a variety of styles from the innovative rock of the 60’s, and originals, to country classics. He later frightened the locals when it was discovered that “half of everything he ate turned into hair” and, being claustrophobic, a career in mining coal wasn’t feasible, so he took his dawghouse bass to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he studied business and accounting and met members of what would become Henri’s Notions. He later studied double bass and was a member of the University Orchestra and Jazz Bands. Randy also works as a producer of music festivals and events, and like the rest of the Notions, tells a pretty good story.

 

Mark Lanter
Percussion / Vocals

Performing professionally since the age of 14, Mark has maintained a busy and varied musical career. As one of the top drummists in the southeastern region, he continues a steady schedule of performance and teaching. His first recordings appeared while still in high school with Trans Improvisation artists Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith. Pataphisical Reveue (Alcohol Records) and From the One That Cut You have maintained a steady cult following since the late 1970s. While attending the University of Alabama he traveled and recorded with numerous regional acts including legendary Muscle Shoals recording artist Tippy Armstrong.

In the years that followed, Lanter has performed and/or recorded with such notables including Michael Hedges, Mose Alison, Eric Essix (Nova Records), Vova Nova (Chameleon Records), Mundel Lowe, Giacomo Gates, Boots Randolph, James Peterson, Willi King, Big Bo and Little Whit, Ken Watters, Topper Price and the Upsetters, Otiel Burbridge, and many others. Most recently stints include Tom Wolfe, Simple Peace, 2001 and regional independent artists Downright, Downright, 2001, and Hidden Agenda, 2003. He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama performing with his own groups Beat Unit and Bonus Round while teaching adjunct at UA and UAB. Needless to say the Notions are pumped to have someone of Mark’s credentials!

 

Jason Bailey
Mandolin / Bouzouki / Vocals

The Notions are very excited to welcome musician extraordinaire, Jason Bailey into the band. As a mandolinist, composer, teacher, and studio musician, Jason Bailey possesses the range of musicianship expected from a well-seasoned professional. Bailey has been a feature artist on WBHM’s Tapestry three times for each of his solo recordings, Southwood and September in the South and Mandolbug. In addition, these albums have been a feature for the online magazine, MandolinCafé.com. In 2007 Bailey was nominated for the Birmingham Area Music Awards in the category of best Country/Bluegrass/Americana artist.

http://www.baileyjason.com

“There is an excellent mandolinist in our city. He’s quietly accomplished – not the kind of guy to brag or boast – so we’d better do it for him.” -Mary Colurso, City Scene, Dec. 07