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"“One of the supreme highlights of Sidmouth Folk Week 2011”"

“One of the supreme highlights of Sidmouth Folk Week 2011”
Marius Roeting, New Folk Sounds (Dutch folk magazine) after our Saturday night Ham Marquee gig.
- New Folk Sounds


"“If you don’t believe the flood of superlatives here, please check out Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin on YouTube. You will then become an instant convert to their beautiful, compelling and virtuoso music, as I did after listening, mesmerised, in Southwel"

“If you don’t believe the flood of superlatives here, please check out Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin on YouTube. You will then become an instant convert to their beautiful, compelling and virtuoso music, as I did after listening, mesmerised, in Southwell Library on the evening of September 8...I’m a big fan of acoustic slide guitar, but I have to say I have never - ever - heard it played (lap steel style) with such effortless virtuosity as Phillip displayed from the moment he began...The young pair were utterly complementary in all they did, with Hannah’s superb violin or banjo supporting Phillip, or her own crystalline singing. Her voice was powerful but under-stated, clear, and ranging in pitch, but always warm...”
- Terry Kelly writing for Living Local, after our Southwell Library gig September 8th 2011.
- Living Local


"“If you don’t believe the flood of superlatives here, please check out Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin on YouTube. You will then become an instant convert to their beautiful, compelling and virtuoso music, as I did after listening, mesmerised, in Southwel"

“If you don’t believe the flood of superlatives here, please check out Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin on YouTube. You will then become an instant convert to their beautiful, compelling and virtuoso music, as I did after listening, mesmerised, in Southwell Library on the evening of September 8...I’m a big fan of acoustic slide guitar, but I have to say I have never - ever - heard it played (lap steel style) with such effortless virtuosity as Phillip displayed from the moment he began...The young pair were utterly complementary in all they did, with Hannah’s superb violin or banjo supporting Phillip, or her own crystalline singing. Her voice was powerful but under-stated, clear, and ranging in pitch, but always warm...”
- Terry Kelly writing for Living Local, after our Southwell Library gig September 8th 2011.
- Living Local


"Review of Singing The Bones: "This duo is fast becoming hot property on the folk scene, and it's easy to hear why...the musical settings really grab one's attention and set the duo apart...this is a haunting and intimate cd" Singing the Bones (our album) "

"This duo is fast becoming hot property on the folk scene, and it's easy to hear why...the musical settings really grab one's attention and set the duo apart...this is a haunting and intimate cd"
Singing the Bones (our album) was also featured as one of their records of the month in June 2011, and a track from it was released on their sampler collection for August 2011. - fRoots magazine, July 2011


"Review of Singing The Bones: "This duo is fast becoming hot property on the folk scene, and it's easy to hear why...the musical settings really grab one's attention and set the duo apart...this is a haunting and intimate cd" Singing the Bones (our album) "

"This duo is fast becoming hot property on the folk scene, and it's easy to hear why...the musical settings really grab one's attention and set the duo apart...this is a haunting and intimate cd"
Singing the Bones (our album) was also featured as one of their records of the month in June 2011, and a track from it was released on their sampler collection for August 2011. - fRoots magazine, July 2011


"Phillip and Hannah are bringing a fresh new sound to folk music...There is a chemistry to their playing which is uplifting and captivating...Every track on the album [Singing the Bones] is exceptional in its own way and it is both refreshing and a joy to "

Phillip and Hannah are bringing a fresh new sound to folk music...There is a chemistry to their playing which is uplifting and captivating...Every track on the album [Singing the Bones] is exceptional in its own way and it is both refreshing and a joy to hear such original interpretation of folk music from two young and very talented artists. You'd be crazy not to book them for your club or festival!
- Folk Radio UK, 23/06/2011


"Review of Phillip and Hannah's support slot for Steve Knightley in Cambridge: "musical intelligence, invention, good taste and sheer beauty""

"...This duo are getting known on the folk scene as a very promising new act, and rightly so. Their set was one of musical intelligence, invention, good taste and sheer beauty. Phillip plays excellent slide guitar and harmonica, while Hannah is an accomplished fiddler and fine vocalist. Two highlights were the traditional Death And The Lady, featuring Phillip's extraordinary 'beatbox harmonica', and Hannah's moving tribute to her German great-grandfather, The Painter. The duo look set to become very successful." - Moving Tone Music and Arts News


"Review of Royal Albert Hall show with Show of Hands - "the infinitely talented duo of Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin""

"...Other guests included the infinitely talented duo of Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. I first had the pleasure of seeing these at a folk festival in 2011 supporting, you guessed it, Show of Hands. Phillips harmonica work is an unrivalled crowd pleaser and I urge you to go and see them if you get the chance purely to gaze, wide eyed, jaw to the floor as he sings, plays harmonica and beat-boxes simultaneously..." - bamrambling music blog


"Review of Show Of Hands' 2012 Royal Albert Hall show, featuring Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin as special guests"

...Phil [Beer] and Miranda then left the stage to be replaced by Phil Henry and Hannah Martin, who Steve explained he discovered busking on the seafront at Sidmouth, and they performed another Shindell song, Reunion Hill, Phil Henry playing some particularly fine slide guitar...After a standing ovation, everyone returned to the stage for the encores, which began with Phil Henry playing a stunning extended intro to Santiago on slide guitar..." - Living Tradition Magazine


""A Fresh World Of Fusion Fuelled by East and South-West""

The sweet strains rising from Phillip Henry’s slide guitar conjure up visions of classical India, palaces and peacocks; then Hannah Martin’s clear dulcet voice and delicate banjo strum kick in bringing folky English tones into play; before long Phil will throw in a blast of his trademark harmonica beatboxing, bringing the mix crashing into the 21st century.

Hannah’s premier talent is as a gifted fiddler, while Phil also boasts a bluesy Americana-style voice. Inventive fusions of all these strands sum up the essence of this emerging Devon duo who dip into all manner of influences and ingenuities to create something that’s really fresh and appealing. - Western Morning News


"Review of Singing The Bones"

From the haunting first melody of Old Adam the Poacher - which perfectly evokes the age and spirit of Dartmoor - through to the summery strains on the bonus track of The Boy that Wouldn't Hoe Corn', this debut album exudes confidence; not only in Henry & Martin's virtuosjty, but also in their musical powers of interpretation, evocation and story-telling. From darkest Devon to the sunset of raga Yaman which concludes Daybreak (learnt from the teaching of Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya) there's an easy combination of mood,
instrumentation and lyrics that compels you to listen. Each of the thirteen tracks pays homage to a tradition, person, place or event that captures the heart and imagination, convincingly rendered through Hannah's fiddle/banjo playing and intoxicating vocals (think beautiful Canadians: Sarah Mclachlan or Joni Mitchell), together with Phil's phrases of thoughtfully-crafted music.
Stories of 'bone people' occur in myth and legend the world over: incidences where scattered remains are gathered and sung to life again. But as the singer breathes their soul over these gathered remnants, something new is added - as with the folk tradition. So it is with the 'fragments' of this album; through the bringing together and singing of the stories they tell, it is hoped to bring the ghosts of their past back into the present in a new and living way. Absolutely no problem: with Hannah's voice, Phil's finely conceived and constructed musical arrangements, and their combined instrumental energy
and skill, not only resurrection but re-creation is readily assured.
CD review by Helen Pizzev - Purbeck Magazine


"“I was completely knocked out by this duo…just a terrific album, I’ve been playing it over and over.”"

“I was completely knocked out by this duo…just a terrific album, I’ve been playing it over and over.” - BBC Radio Two


Discography

Singing The Bones - March 2011 - playlisted for the Folk Show on BBC Radio Two; playlisted for Late Junction on BBC Radio Three - multiple plays on both. Also playlisted by regional BBC folk radio - Johhny Coppin on BBC Radio Gloucestershire / Somerset / Bristol / Wiltshire. BBC Radio Devon John Govier. Genevieve Tudor on BBC Radio Shropshire.
Also playlisted by various internet radio stations, such as Folk Radio UK, "Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are bringing a fresh new sound to folk music...There is a chemistry to their playing which is both uplifting and captivating...Every track on the album [Singing The Bones] is exceptional in its own way and it's both refreshing and a joy to hear such original interpretation of folk music from two young and very talented artists. You'd be crazy not to book them for your club or festival!" - Folk Radio UK, 23/06/2011

Mynd - to be released September 2013 (some of our uploaded tracks are from this album, which is already recorded).

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Recently described as "Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo" (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have a growing following on the folk and acoustic scene. Combining the unusual instrumentation of dobro, fiddle, banjo, double vocals, tenor guitar, Indian slide guitar (chatturangui) and even beatbox harmonica, with a strong grounding in English folk and varied global influences from Indian classical to blues, they create a sound that is "textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating" (Steve Knightley).

The Boy That Wouldn't Hoe Corn live at Shepley Spring Festival 2012 - http://youtu.be/OrDVo67agv0

Death And The Lady, recorded for Songs From The Shed live at Bristol Folk Festival 2012 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jJw9Pytab0

Having been discovered busking on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Week by Steve Knightley of Show Of Hands, Hannah and Phil have since been on a musical odyssey that has included recording in Nashville, Tennessee; touring the Netherlands, Belgium, and France as well as the UK; festival gigs from Glastonbury to Larmer Tree mainstage; and playing live from Maida Vale studios as part of BBC Radio Three's Late Junction anniversary celebration.

2012 has seen us complete a 26 date tour with Steve Knightley; appear as the special guests at Show Of Hands' sell out Royal Albert Hall show; and play at over thirty festivals. We have also been shortlisted by the EFDSS for Spotlight England 2013, and received Arts Council funding for a tour of arts centres and theatres in the autumn.

"..I was completely knocked out by this duo... wonderful.. " - Mike Harding BBC Folk on 2 04/05/2011

Phil and Hannah have started 2013 by being publicly voted "Best Duo" in the national Spiral Earth Awards, as well as winning "Best Folk Act" at the South West Music Awards.
Their second album will be titled Mynd, the Old English word for "memory, consciousness, remembrance, acts of memorial". They are looking forward to releasing Mynd in September.