Date/Time Sun 17 May 2020 7:45 PM
Price Online - £11 + £1.10 booking fee On The Door - £13
Huddled round a single 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 albums have gathered praise for the craft and skill of their musical writing and arranging. The duo have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, capturing audiences at shows and on festival stages with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style.
They have shared stages with and opened for Americana and folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson and Seth Lakeman. They may evoke 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 each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.
‘A stream of brilliant music – they should be rated among the elite when it comes to UK folk‘ – Maverick
‘Listening to this record is a form of meditation, with all its benefits. Sanders has a voice of such sparkling clarity that soars above and dips around Savage’s dobro and their harmonies are exquisite.‘ – No Depression
‘I’ve loved Hannah Sanders’ voice since first listen and Ben Savage is a master musician. they are both deep in to the soul of their music.’ – Mike Harding