The award-winning acts just keep on coming as we welcome the current holders of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, PHILLIP HENRY AND HANNAH MARTIN to Christ Church in April.
Widely-acknowledged as one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go with a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres.
"This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages"
- The Guardian
Hailing from Lancashire, Phillip is one of the UK's top slide guitarists and harmonica players. Over the past decade he has immersed himself in the music of the Deep South of America, traditional music of the British Isles, and Indian classical music. Specializing in lap slide techniques, his masterful Dobro playing draws together these diverse influences to create a truly unique voice. His innovative harmonica style combines country blues and folk styles with beat-boxing to create a jaw dropping and much coveted 21st century harmonica sound heavily steeped in tradition.
Hannah Martin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Her songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, creating haunting compositions delivered with a bold and beautiful singing style all her own. Writing mainly on fiddle, viola, and banjo, and drawing on the traditions of the British Isles, she has been commended for her fantastic singing.
"Eloquent performers - a musical success story"
- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
You can find out more about Phillip and Hannah by visiting their website here.
Opening the show for Phillip & Hannah will be KIRSTY BROMLEY. Kirsty is a singer, dancer, teacher and writer of folk music within the English Tradition.
She has been in choirs & musical ensembles from a very early age and much of her formative years involved immersion in the Brass Band tradition. This enabled her to make the transition to the ‘other’ English tradition, a journey which has been, in her own words, “rich, eventful and which continues to challenge her”.
“Crystal Clear And Very, Very Beautiful Voice”
- Mike Harding
Kirsty sings traditional folk songs and ballads, generally unaccompanied, and this is the area which she is currently active in developing.
In November 2011 Kirsty released her Debut EP “Sweet Nightingale” and her first album will be released later this year. Check out her website here.
Why not come along and find out just why Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin are held in such high regard? The event will be held on Friday 17th April at Christ Church, and doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost a bargain £10 in advance (£12 on the door) and are available now from Melanie’s Kitchen, Kafe Karma, Bristol Ticket Shop or online here. Members tickets cost £9 from this website only… remember to login and use the Members Only section!