Hannah Read – CD Launch
Tuesday 13th February
The Water Rats, Kings Cross
‘Way Out I’ll Wander’ was produced in New Hampshire and upstate New York by Charlie Van Kirk and features a cast of musicians including Jefferson Hamer (Anais Mitchell), Jeff Picker and Sarah Jarosz.
The recordings capture Read’s formidable songwriting in intimate arrangements which reflect her background in traditional Scottish and English folk while also calling to mind the ice-cool delivery of Mary Lorson or Nina Nastasia. The songs set characters in a finely-drawn geography of wooded slopes and crisp, clean air – city lights flickering on the horizon – to explore time and place from Hannah’s migrant perspective.
Hannah spent her youth playing fiddle and singing in the rich traditional music scenes of Edinburgh and on the Isle of Eigg, a remote Island off the west coast of Scotland. With musical training at The City of Edinburgh Music School, The American School of Modern Music in Paris and the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hannah gathered the musical tools, vocabulary and experience that propelled her into the thriving Brooklyn music scene.
She has performed throughout the USA, UK, Canada and Europe with her own self-titled project, as well as with the likes of Julie Fowlis and Grammy Award-winning Sarah Jarosz. In 2017 – as part of the Songs of Separation project alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart – Hannah won a BBC Folk Award for Best Album.