Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Phillip Henry, one of the UK’s finest slide guitarists and harmonica players, and Hannah Martin, Devonian fiddle-singer Hannah, have a powerful musical connection. On stage they perform original alt-folk songs of lament and tunes of hope, with virtuosity, intensity and charisma.
Hannah’s evocative songwriting tells stories of historical figures and draws on personal experiences for modern folk tales. Kith and kin inspire many of their songs, from foundlings to mill workers, all bonded by a theme of split-second decisions and forked paths that shape sliding-door destinies.
The alchemy of Hannah’s enchanting voice, fiddle and banjo blended with Phillip on dobro, harmonica and lap steel is mesmerising. Together they create a wholly distinctive world sound, reflecting their wide travels and their long journey together.
Winners of 2014’s BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo (and nominees again in 2016) the pair have toured internationally, and recorded three studio albums
‘Utterly inspired and magnificent’ Spiral Earth
‘Rich and complex – there is something of June Tabor about Hannah’s vocal performance – a voice that is strong and flexible and which, coupled with Phillip’s instrumental virtuosity, suggests we’re hearing stars of the future’ Dai Jeffries, R2 ****