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Ho Hey say The Lumineers

Saturday, 24 August, 2013

Based in Denver, Colorado, The Lumineers could be seen as a kind of belated Rocky Mountains response to the hugely successful folk rock of Mumford & Sons, but while the British band was formed in 2007, the two founding members of the Lumineers, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, were already performing together in New Jersey in 2005. In 2010, Neyla Pekarek joined The Lumineers and she was followed into the lineup by Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki in 2012. “Ho Hey” is not to be confused with “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” made famous by The Ramones.

Language note: The expression “hey-ho” first appeared in print in 1471, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which says it has nautical origins, meant to mark the rhythm of movement in heaving or hauling. Over time, it merged meanings with the similarly spelled “heigh-ho,” which was first recorded in 1553 and is defined as an expression of “yawning, sighing, languor, weariness, disappointment.” In 2006, hey-ho made it into Urban Dictionary, where it’s defined it as “a word used when something has not gone according to plan, to dispel one’s feeling of disappointment.” Example: “Oh, we’ve just missed the bus. Hey-ho.”


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