Huddled round a single vintage microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique.
Since emerging in 2016, the duo have recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award winning producer David Travers-Smith in Toronto, both of which gathered praise for the crafting and skill of their musical writing and arranging.
The duo have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, enrapturing audiences at shows and on festivalstages with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style. They also appeared at the West Java World Music Festival, Indonesia in 2019.
They have shared stages and opened shows for Americana and folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their distilling of musical influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.
Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.
The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in eachother; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure towitness on stage.
‘Passion, precision and unbridled intimacy…An exquisite soundscape’ ★★★★★ RnR
‘Spellbinding… Hannah & Ben were born to play & sing together’ fRoots
‘Flawless’ Folk Picks of the Month The Guardian
Despite being held after July 19th (Freedom Day) this concert will remain socially distanced and mask wearing is supported, though obviously not compulsory, as we ease ourselves gently and safely back to what we love to do.
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