on 17 October 2013
Make room for a new favourite folk LP.
It contains a sound that is uniquely English, natural and honest yet dynamically eclectic. Packed with melody and verse crafted to perfection and finely produced.
The storytelling spanning the centuries and allowing you to follow its journey effortlessly with its evocative accompaniment. Scoping from ambient serenity and pastoral beauty, through to haunting and mesmerizing and leading well into foot tapping and head bobbing territory, all tinged with an energy of contemplative experimentation.
Anyone who has seen them play will already be aware of their uniquely skilled instrumental-ism, including Phil's sublime Dobro & Guitar playing that is perfect down to the subtlest levels, and his simultaneous harmonica and beat-boxing has to be seen to be believed. Hannah's fiddle playing is wonderfully layered and adds a varied and sometimes orchestral depth, and her guitar and banjo playing are equally effective.
Hannah's beautiful yet powerful vocal, and Phil's cool soft singing voice give the album further variation. Likewise, the vocal harmonies are notably varied and well-constructed. This album sees that musicianship and vocal charm reach new heights.
I expect this could, and should be a landmark album for the British folk scene, strengthening the roots and bringing it into full blossom.
on 24 September 2013
I had not been aware of this duo, but bought this after hearing a track on the BBC Radio2 Folk programme. It is fantastic! Beautiful vocals and brilliant musical accompaniment. There are several outstanding tracks, but to write a stunning song about Caroline Herschel ( sister of the astronomer Sir William) is a real tour de force : it would be my nomination for 'Folk Song of the Year'. I am hoping to get to see them soon!
on 30 September 2015
Phillip Henry is a superbly inovative contemporary Folk singer/songwriter, hailing from Lancashire and on this album he teams up with the Devon based multi instrumentalist Hannah Martin and it soon becomes evident that they were meant to make music together.
"Mynd" which means rememberance, is a recording possessing Intelligent and imaginative storytelling combined with superb musicianship by both artists.
Henry's artful playing of the atmospheric Dobro
along with Martin's skill on the fiddle, banjo and guitar and their expressive vocals, makes for a recording of the highest calabre.
on 12 August 2014
We all know the established names in English folk. It's hard for a young musician to escape the looming ghost of, say, Fairport Convention. Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have actually succeeded in creating a soundworld of their own, despite tackling a song like 'The banks of the Nile', famous in its rendition by Sandy Denny.
There are practically no negatives here: great voices blending perfectly, wonderful arrangements, a wonderful mix of selfpenned songs and traditionals and a very 'natural' sound. And it's growing on me - out of my quite extensive folk collection this is a cd I regularly reach for. More, please!