Folk Bands and Artists
Born and raised in Scotland and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Hannah Read is a versatile multi-instrumentalist widely recognized on the International stage. She’s best known for her fiddle playing, songwriting and composing and was recently described as one of “the finest singers of the day“ in the UK’s MOJO Magazine. Hannah leads her own band and is an in-demand collaborator on both sides of the Atlantic - most notably as part of the critically acclaimed British folk super-group ‘Songs of Separation’, winners of ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
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.
There’s a dominant roots fusion in Hannah’s original music, which combines British folk with “yearning Americana” (The Guardian), indie and contemporary sounds. With comparisons to Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell and Feist, Hannah seamlessly weaves in her influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Her songwriting is largely influenced by the people, places and landscapes she has encountered along the way, musings of home and travel, love and loss.
Following debut solo album ‘Wrapped in Lace’ (2012), Hannah’s much anticipated second album, both produced by Charlie Van Kirk, will be released on Hudson Records in Autumn 2017. Hannah has also recorded fiddle, guitar and backing vocals on a wide range of recordings including with Roseanne Cash, David Duchovny, Silvina Moreno, Rowan Rheingans, John Fatum, Ewan Macpherson, Keenan O’Meara, Raffi, Hanneke Cassell and Robinson & Rohe.
She has performed throughout the USA, UK, Canada and Europe with her own self-titled project, as well as with Jefferson Hamer, Bruce Molsky, Livingston Taylor, Oli Rockberger, Adrienne Lenker, Melanie Safka, Julie Fowlis, Ember Isles, Karan Casey, Daimh, Songs of Separation alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart, Juno award winner Rose Cousins and Grammy Award winning Sarah Jarosz, Celine Dion and Tom Chapin.