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Old Hannah

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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"The 20 best things to see/do/listen to at this weekend’s festival."

Old Hannah are a sublime band who straddle folk, country, roots, bluegrass, and more. Their well-constructed tunes which are beautifully played by four excellent musicians, and that’s the reason they’ve been picking up national radio play and a recent slot on the Saturday Night Show. Grab a delicious flat white from one of the city’s best cafes and grab this free set as part of the HWCH And The City series. - The Irish Times


"Sligo's Old Hannah and their new album Iron and Wood"

Stepping off the trad track to hail the arrival of another outstanding Irish group that are creating some wonderful music on the folk, country and roots circuit. Like NoCrows or The Henry Girls that we have covered previously they hail from the north west Sligo area. They released an EP called “Irish Boys” in 2014 which was critically acclaimed.
Their latest release is called Iron and Wood and West is the first single from it. On the album they are joined by Waterboys and NoCrows veteran Steve Wickhan and if this single is anything to go by we are in for a treat. Its a delicious cocktail of earthy rootsy music that will deservedly raise the profile of Old Hannah in Ireland and beyond. The album will be launched at Dublin's Button Factory on May 8th. - Trad Connect


"Old Hannah - Irish Boys EP Review"

Sometimes, being stuck in the past isn’t a bad thing. Old Hannah are a four-piece folk band from Sligo, and their debut EP ‘Irish Boys’ is perfectly nostalgic and anchored in old-time sound.
“From the foot of Ben Bulben to the peaks of the Appalachians, Old Hannah’s blend of traditional and contemporary influences reveals a unique country-roots sound that transcends geography and generations,” is how the band describe themselves on their website. It’s a description that the band live up to.
Old Hannah capture the quintessential heart of folk on from the opening track, the titular Irish Boys. “From Connacht where it started/To Virginia where Old Tommy Met his end,” Lucie Crichlow sings; sweet and breathy in her delivery. She could, just easily be describing the band’s music as much as their story’s character.
This is a band who are proud of where they come from, but also wish to celebrate the influences that made them what they are. All three elements – voice, guitar and banjo – blend seamlessly, making up for the lack of variation in the vocals.
Harmonies across the board are magnificant, no more so than on Saro Jane. The band exercise great control over their vocals and pauses, all which add to the profound intimacy of the track. Here is a band who know who they are – their sound is not contrived, just honest and, ultimately, simple.
What is most striking about this EP and this band is probably their love of the craft. This is apparent on closing track Sail Away – a tongue-in-cheek finisher that captures the very heart of country and folk music. Persistant and unfaltering, Crichlow’s voice demands attention during the sparse intro, before being joined by her bandmates.
“This boat’s my home/See how she blows,” Crichlow crows as the banjo picks up pace. It is obvious from the first listen that this is a band that is comfortable with who their and how they sound. ‘Irish Boys’ is an impressive, albeit brief introduction to one of the most exciting new Irish bands at the moment. - GoldenPlec


"Nialler9's New Irish Music"

The Sligo band with the folk, country and roots sound are sure to find favour with audiences if they keep writing old-timey melodic pop songs like this. Keep knocking those boots. - Irish Times


"OLD HANNAH, IRON & WOOD EP LAUNCH @ THE MODEL, SAT 9TH MAY"

The launch of Old Hannah’s new EP Iron & Wood was always going to be a special affair. And those of us Sligo fans lucky enough to have tickets to the gig at The Model knew we were in for a treat when the enthusiastic reports started pouring in from the previous night’s Dublin launch at The Button Factory.

With their first EP, Irish Boys garnering critical acclaim from some of the biggest names in national media, hailed as “a sublime band” by the Irish Times and generally recognised as one of the best things, musically, to come out of Sligo in the past decade, these natives had a lot to live up to this time around.

Of course, they broke all their own brilliant boundaries and smashed through the expectations of the exultant home crowd on Saturday night at The Model. A packed house still made for an intimate and transfixed audience with a very much swollen-ranks version of Old Hannah taking to the stage. Lucie, Luke, Leo and Anthony were joined by several special guest musicians onstage, the addition of percussion, strings, keys and brass bringing depth and power to their already hauntingly beautiful sound, and complementing the new tracks perfectly.

On the EP, the group have teamed up with music maestros Steve Wickham and Rian Trench, to produce an effort already being declared as “stepping up another level” and “a much more expansive sound”, while still maintaining their unique blend of stunning four part harmonies, lyrical storytelling and exceptional skill on a plethora of instruments.

On the night, songs from the original EP were mixed in with new, along with some gloriously arranged covers and even a captivating a cappella performance by Luke Mercer during the encore which swept the entire Black Box audience into a cosy front room, beside the fire, rapt and hanging on his every nuance.

Other high points of the evening included the incredibly affecting Oh My Love, a very special track from the new EP, as well as the deceptively catchy and sophisticated single from it, West. Themes of love and longing, journeying and the sea abounded, with a seriously impressive amount of atmosphere created with sound alone. I swear, the air was salty and the waves were rocking the audience at one point as Old Hannah took us on one of their seafaring adventures…

The beauty of this band is that they make rootsy folk music sexy and current, while keeping it absolutely pure and perfect. There’s fun and cheek abounding, but a seriousness and respect which oozes out of their sound and their presence and reflects back at them from enraptured fans of all ages and tastes.

Buy this EP. Buy the last EP, too, while you’re at it. And for goodness sake, next time Old Hannah play a gig in Sligo, be there. It’s like a Michelin star musical experience, with added sex appeal. - Scene In Sligo


"Old Hannah - Iron and wood Review"

From the West Coast of Ireland, the members of Old Hannah must have had an eye each looking across The Atlantic for the majority of their, thus far, short career.
On the lead single off ‘Iron & Wood’ West Lucie Crichlow sings “I’d rather be the rider than the road.” There’s something inherently fatalistic about this line, something very bluegrass-y and interconnected with the Southern Gothic tales of Cormac McCarthy or Flannery O’ Connor. This sense is carried on throughout the album to a lesser extent, but putting West up front really sets the tone of what this release is all about.
Oh My Love takes a lot of what is good about West and breaks that down. Crichlow’s vocals are again the focal point, as she projects wilderness with a lilt that wouldn’t be out of place in traditional Sean Nós music. She sings of a wedding but you get the sense that it may be in accompaniment to a funeral, as the music is grim, the bombast of trumpets the only let up from the dirge-like pace.
Boats, is like the turning point of the album. A male voice comes in to take up vocal responsibilities, the strings become brighter, more comforting, and the rhythm is extremely satisfying.
Following this interlude of sorts comes With You I Ride, which again showcases the emphasis that Old Hannah put on the narrative within their songs. The lyrics read like a short-story, similar in style to Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue, while their frame of reference depends mostly on old-fashioned metaphors such as Judge and Jury and the slightly cartoonish image of being tied to a railroad track.
When Crichlow sings there’s a guttural conviction in her voice that doesn’t really admit any doubts. She takes the role of someone who knows what she wants and the future that awaits her, while making heavy reference to work and hardship that will have to be done in order to get where she wants to go.
Iron & Wood sees Old Hannah finish on a high-note. They bring a different kind of energy to this song and with the emphasis now on speed, they create a highly danceable tune. In this you get a great idea of their sense of timing and accentuation, which just goes to show the ability behind their creativity.
The fact that the band makes heavy use of instruments normally associated with Bluegrass, such as the Banjo, the fiddle, horns, as well as traditional Irish music sets up a kind of duality in which you’re not sure where their intentions lie.
But generally speaking the EP is a delight. Old Hannah’s sound is something different altogether, and they inhabit this difference brilliantly, unafraid to project their interest, they do so in a way that really shows off the best parts of bluegrass and swing, keeping a nice upbeat tempo with a strong voice at the forefront of each song. - Goldenplec


"New Track: Old Hannah - West"

The first single off their upcoming release, ‘West’ is a brooding, exalting number that features the band’s distinctive harmonies and intricate vocal arrangements. Sonically, Old Hannah have evolved into a much more expansive sound, and it really works; with this grander sound consistent with their continued and deserved success.

Be Sure to catch them at their ‘Iron and Wood’ EP launch, at The Button Factory in Dublin May 8th, and The Model, Sligo May 9th.

‘Iron and Wood’ is out May 8th on Itunes. - Puremzine


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Hailing from County Sligo in the west of Ireland, Old Hannah are a foursome schooled in the deep rooted discipline of folk, country and roots music. Their music weaves lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, guitar, piano and beautifully arranged vocals into songs that are at once contemporary and filled with the lore of generations past.

Old Hannah released their Iron and Wood EP on May 8th 2015 with sold out performances in Dublin’s Button Factory and Sligo’s The Model. Iron and Wood was recorded with Rian Trench of Solar Bears, and the band are joined by several guest musicians including Steve Wickham of the Waterboys. The leading single ‘West’ has achieved extensive national radio play and secured the band sessions with RTE’s John Murray and Arena shows. This bold and transformative follow up to their debut EP Irish Boys displays a leap in creativity and calibre which has established Old Hannah as a new force on the Irish music scene.

Irish Times - “a sublime band who straddle folk, country, roots, bluegrass, and more”

Una Mullally - “great to see musicians and songs step up another level”

Scene in Sligo - “..like a Michelin star musical experience, with added sex appeal”

Jackie Hayden - “...delightful harmonies..”

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