We first saw these two at Leigh Folk Festival a year or so back, and it was literally a jaw-dropping moment when Phil began to play slide guitar. For Sue, it had the same impact as when she first saw Bert Jansch play back in the sixties (except he wasn’t playing slide ….). Her mouth just fell open …..
So – we booked them first to support Dick Gaughan back in the day when we were at DHFC. A couple of months later they headlined at a club night at our smaller venue of The Mag, and sold out – the place was rammed!
And now they are headlining at a Goose concert in their own right. This is going to be a fantastic night – we can’t wait!
Ok, here’s the blurb ….
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. Unique instrumentation (including Dobro, beatbox harmonica, fiddle, banjo, and double vocals), gives a truly unique sound that spans many genres, from roots in the traditional musics of the British Isles, to Indian classical and American blues. 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, to the Royal Albert Hall.
Publicly voted “Best Duo” in the 2013 Spiral Awards, they are regulars on the festival circuit, from Glastonbury to Sidmouth Folk Week, and are now looking forward to international dates in The Netherlands, Belgium, and France, as well as continued UK touring.
Their second studio album, released in September 2013, is called Mynd – the Old English word for “memory, remembrance, memorial” – and has received great critical acclaim.
It was named as one of The Guardian’s Robin Denselow’s top five albums of the year!
“On hearing the first notes of the first track 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