HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE
Sunday 20th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
Ben studied music & sound recording on the prestigious Tonmeister degree but felt increasingly drawn to playing music over recording and producing. He put a note in the free-ads saying he’d play acoustic guitar for anyone who’d listen and within a week had formed The Willows. With The Willows Ben has written and co-produced two acclaimed albums to date: Beneath our Humble Soil, and Amidst Fiery Skies. His love of narrative and attention to emotional detail shines through in songs such as Absent Friends, Johnny Robson and The Visitor. The band toured tirelessly in their early years, opening for the likes of Lau, Seth Lakeman and Richard Thompson and appearing at just about every UK folk festival going.
Ben is inspired by American Roots music and English folk, you hear this in his melodic and subtle dobro playing. It's his distinctive guitar playing that sets his musicianship apart though. He alternates between a 1930s Gretch archtop, a Taylor 314 and a 1930s Kalamazoo L-30 parlour archtop guitar.
Hannah grew up in Norwich surrounded by music. She was lucky that her parents’ eclectic musical tastes meant she had as much exposure to 60s soul and rock n’ roll as she did to traditional and folk music. Although singing was always her first musical love, Hannah tentatively took up the guitar in her late teens. At the time she was travelling in the family bus and singing folk songs on the streets of Europe.
Hannah met Ben at the Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge and their musical sympathy was immediately apparent and Ben went on to produce Hannah’s solo debut Charms Against Sorrow. The album received critical praise across the UK and was championed by the likes of Mike Harding.
Blessed with a peerlessly pure voice... Catch her while you can! ★★★★ The Express
Beautiful; Charms Against Sorrow is a joy to listen to. Bright Young Folk
A confident and impressive sophomore album that not only fully justifies past predictions regarding Sanders trajectory in the current folk field but also marks the arrival of a significant new duo force. Folk Radio UK
Awesome… a supremely divine album. Americana UK
Magical folk harmonies… A really lovely album Maverick