With a rich mixture of influences including American Blues, English Folk and Indian Classical. Phil and Hannah combine slide guitar, fiddle and voice to create music described by Steve Knightley as “textured, hypnotic and utterly compelling. Not to be missed.
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. Using unique instrumentation which includes Dobro, beatbox harmonica, fiddle, banjo, and double vocals, they have a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, from roots in the traditional musics of the British Isles, to Indian classical and American blues. Since the release of their debut album, Singing The Bones, in 2011, they have garnered praise from the likes of BBC Radio Two and BBC Radio Three, and have played everywhere from Maida Vale Studios, to recording sessions in Nashville, Tennessee. 2012 saw them appear as special guests at Show Of Hands’ Royal Albert Hall show, as well as touring with the band. They are regulars on the festival circuit, from Glastonbury to the Ham Marquee at Sidmouth Folk Week, and having begun 2013 by being publicly voted “Best Duo” in the national Spiral Awards, they are now looking forward to international dates in The Netherlands, Belgium, and France, as well as continued UK touring. Their second studio album, released 02/09/13, is called Mynd – the Old English word for “memory, remembrance, memorial” – and is already receiving critical acclaim:
Quotes and reviews
“On hearing the first notes of the first track [of Mynd] I knew that I was listening to a modern classic. One of the most exciting albums I’ve heard in years” - Mike Harding
“This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages” - John L. Walters, The Guardian
“Eloquent performers – a musical success story that deserves greater recognition” - Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
“Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are bringing a fresh new sound to folk music…There is a chemistry to their playing which is both uplifting and captivating…Every track on the album [Singing The Bones] is exceptional in its own way and it’s both refreshing and a joy to hear such original interpretation of folk music from two young and very talented artists. You’d be crazy not to book them for your club or festival!” - Folk Radio UK, 23/06/2011