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.
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!
Along with Josienne Clarke/Ben Walker and Lisa Knapp the 2014 Radio 2 Folk Awards have brought my attention to some outstanding acts with this album being one of them. Brave, original and innovative with some unusual offbeat songs in terms of arrangements and subject matter. Both artists are fine multi-instrumentalists and singers who perfectly complement and harmonise with each other. The future of folk is definitely in very safe and capable hands.
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!
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.
Phillip and Hannah play beautifully together and are well supported by Matt Downer and Robbie Burgess for this studio album. Phillip's slide guitar and harmonica playing is refreshingly new and blends perfectly with Hannah's incredible deep, warm voice, fiddle and banjo playing. My introduction to them was through their utube clip of 'the boy that wouldn't hoe corn'. Spine tingling stuff.
I watched this duo perform during Broadstairs folk week and was carried away by the beautiful and haunting pieces played. Very musical and meaningful, full of memory, history, love and loss, the music and vocals just carry the listener away where time seems to melt away. Wonderful and unique.
I was lucky to see them perform at the Derby Folk Festival. Everyone in the UK should listen to Sibury Hill it is the essence of what we are all about and takes us back to our roots 5000 years ago. Thanks for writing this song.
This album is good don't get me wrong but not as stripped down and raw as I hoped it would be. The songs have some good lyrics and are well sung although sometimes I feel a transatlantic vibe that doesn't really do it for me.