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HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE – BEFORE THE SUN
Fleetingly, Cambridgeshire-based Hannah and Ben may evoke a memories of Shirley Collins & Davy Graham, (from the 60’s), Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris (70’s) , or Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (the 90’s). Hannah & Ben’s warm distilling of influences from both sides of the big pond produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own. Working in Toronto with award-winning producer David Travers-Smith, the charismatic English folk singer Hannah, follows up her “charms” with an exquisite album of duets. There is an almost musical soul-mate quality to the support Ben’s singing and playing adds to Sanders’ own vocals, guitar, autoharp and dulcimer work. Travers-Smith frames their special musical rapport within a recording that deftly finds the right balance between intimacy and sound hi-fidelity.
Tracks : The Fall(Hang)/Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maids/Sun Is Gonna Rise/What’s It Tonight My Love?/Lady Margaret/Clayton Boone/Deep Blue Sea/Ribbons And Bows/Unquiet Grave/Boots Of Spanish Leather
Musicians : Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage with Kevin Breit, Evan Carson, Jim Causley, Robin Gillan, Katrina Gilmore, Jade Rhiannon and Jon Thorne.