Hailing from Scotland and now based in Brooklyn, Hannah Read is a versatile multi-instrumentalist widely recognised on the International stage. She’s best known for her fiddle playing, songwriting and has been 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, including one 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’s latest solo album Way Out I’ll Wander, was released in February 2018 on UK-based label Hudson Records. With comparisons to Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell and Feist, Hannah seamlessly weaves in her influences from both sides of the Atlantic on an album that’s “deserving crossover status… nine gorgeous originals” (The Guardian).
A captivating live artist, Hannah has toured extensively throughout the UK, North America and Europe performing at numerous notable music events including London Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections, Vancouver Folk Festival, Moseley Folk Festival and Telluride Jazz Festival. She has performed with Rose Cousins, Sarah Jarosz, Tony Trischka, Lola Kirke, Sam Reider & the Human Hands, Songs of Separation (inc. Rowan Rheingans, Karine Polwart and Eliza Carthy) David Duchovny, Fribo, Tom Chapin and Taylor Ashton to name a few, and has supported Darlingside, Kris Drever and Ye Vagabonds.
Rowan is an award-winning songwriter, fiddle player, banjoist and theatre-maker widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in folk music today. Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ for her song Mackerel in 2016 & ‘Best Album’ with Songs of Separation in 2017) and is a six-times nominee.
Her debut solo show Dispatches on the Red Dress, a song cycle and theatre piece co-written with Liam Hurley, premiered at 2019's Edinburgh Fringe and won a prestigious Fringe First Award as well as receiving nominations for the Carol Tambor 'Best of Edinburgh' Award and the Filipa Braganca Award for Best Emerging Female Artist.
Rowan's debut solo album of original songs The Lines We Draw Together was released in September 2019 to critical acclaim (including 'Folk Album of the Month' in The Guardian).
Rowan is an experienced and enthusiastic facilitator of creative work for groups and individuals. Her approach harbours a safe and supportive space for fun and freeing explorations of words, rhythms, harmonies, meanings and connections as well as confidence boosting tips and tricks to take home to your songwriting practice after the festival.