Hannah Naiman
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Hannah Naiman


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Hannah Naiman is a songwriter, clawhammer banjo player, fiddler, guitarist and traditional music and dance leader based in Toronto, Ontario. She has been performing and teaching since 2000.
Hannah's debut album with The Blackest Crow, "Where Wild Birds Whistle" in 2010 marked her as a remarkable songwriter. This collaboration with Emily Adam featured original and traditional accapella ballads and songs in close duo harmony. Since 1997 Hannah has been featured as a harmony vocalist on the highly acclaimed Kathy Reid-Naiman's children's Cds. Produced and recorded by Ken Whitely, Kathy has released 12 CDs featuring Hannah's voice. In 2002, Hannah recorded and released a french children's music CD for the Ontario Early Years program called “Savez-vouz plantez des choux?”. To date, 17,000 copies have been sold. Kathy and Hannah recorded and released their first collaborative children's CD on June 9th, 2012 “Here We Go Zodeo” (Merriweather Records).
Since moving to Toronto in 2007, Hannah has been actively involved in Toronto's American and English folk music community. She has performed in duos with Tony Allen (Hamstrung Stringband, The Good Right Arm); Spencer Good (The Stagger Lees, The Cowan House Ramblers, Badly Bent); and with her father, Arnie Naiman, renowned clawhammer banjo player, in Chip and The Old Block. Hannah performs regularly around Toronto solo, and with these duos, as well as a larger ensemble called the White Mule Stringband. She has also performed her solo material in New York and West Virginia.
Her parent's influence on her musical career is undeniable, and worthy of mention. Arnie Naiman has recorded 2 highly regarded clawhammer banjo CDs, and been featured on many as a special guest. Kathy Reid-Naiman, aside from a successful children's musician, has been a key founder of Toronto's English folk music community. Because of her upbringing, since her adolescence, Hannah has been attending regular music and dance camps, schools and classes. She taught her first workshop at 19, and has since been leading dance and music classes, calling contra and square dances and performing concerts internationally.