Winners of the BBC Folk Award for “Best Duo”, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin combine hauntingly beautiful vocal harmonies, astonishing instrumental virtuosity with genre-bending material telling tales of myth, history and legend.
Hailing from Lancashire, Phillip Henry is one of the UK’s best dobro and harmonica players. Having immersed himself in the music of the British Isles, America’s deep south and Indian classical music he specialises in lap slide techniques, drawing together these diverse influences to create a unique and captivating voice. His innovative harmonica style combines country blues with beat-boxing.
Hannah Martin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Writing on fiddle, viola and banjo, her songs weave folklore and legends around beautiful melodies and haunting harmonies .
“Subtle, atmospheric and bravely original.” ~ The Guardian (UK)
This Czech duo is a two person dance party. Quirky and mysterious, their music is a fantastical collage of pop, kitchen beat box, tango, circus, electronica and radio noise, wrapped around lyrics written in their own imaginary language. Their new album Nipomo won “2015 Album of the Year” at the Vinyl Music Awards. Operating in a creative microcosm, DVA have forged their very own idiosyncratic sonic lexicon – “pop for non-existing radios” or “folklore of non-existing nations”. In Czech, it takes two “dva” to tango – Bára Kratochvílová and Jan Kratochvíl, have carved out a niche with their rich sonic landscape.
“Absolutely amazing blend of off kilter electronics, homemade percussion and traditional instrumentation. Wow!” : BBC.
This Chicago-based blues and roots music duo makes an unforgettable impression. Their jaw-dropping virtuosity creates more layers of sound and feeling than can be summoned by most full bands. Joe Filisko and Eric Noden are ultra-rhythmic performers with a wonderful synergy on stage. Their high-energy live shows are both dramatic and subtle. Their story-telling with harmonica, voice and resonator guitar is charming, moving and hilarious. Drawing on 1920s-40s American styles of blues, folk and ragtime, and influenced by blues legends Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy, Joe and Eric’s captivating performances continue to delights audiences across the USA and Europe.
Funny and upbeat, with just a pinch of sass, this Toronto-based trio wielding mandolin, acoustic guitars and banjo have charmed audiences all over North America, the UK and Australia.
Impeccable vocals with uplifting three-part harmonies, winsome songwriting and triangulated charisma are their hallmarks. Their long-awaited new album has an extra spark, a new spirit of adventurousness. Burn The Plan is permeated with textures and tones from musical worlds away.