Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage (15 May 2018)


Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 7:30 pm

At Heath Street Baptist Church. See map and get directions.

Tickets £12 available here.


Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage are a folk duo who look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, or Gillian and David, but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Big Pond produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Recorded in Toronto with award-winning Canadian producer David Travers-Smith (Ruth Moody, Wailin’ Jennys, Jason and Pharis Romero) their album Before The Sun captures all the intimacy of the pair’s live show and delicately sets it to beautifully crafted soundscapes that rise and fall immersively. The record features renowned guests from both sides of the Pond, including Jon Thorne (Lamb, John Smith), Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash), Jim Causley and Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts).


Both hailing from folk singing families in the flatlands of East Anglia, Hannah spent much of her formative years touring Europe with her family band in a converted school bus, singing folk songs acapella in the street in order to make enough money to move to the next city. However, a sea change and relocation to the US saw her soak up the influences from the American North East and take up the dulcimer. Meanwhile, Ben was writing and touring with celebrated UK folk band The Willows, whose albums Beneath Our Humble Soil and Amidst Fiery Skies were championed by the likes of the BBC’s Bob Harris and Mike Harding.

Within weeks of moving back the UK, Hannah braved her first time out solo at The Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge and, as fate would have it, Ben had just returned from tour. Ben went on to produce Hannah’s solo debut Charms Against Sorrow, released in early 2015 to critical acclaim.

“Spellbinding… Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together.”

fRoots (Nominated albums of 2016 in Critics Poll)

★★★★★ ”An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy. An album to venerate.”

R2 Magazine

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