On Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm, acclaimed folk duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are to revisit The Witham, Barnard Castle’s highly-respected arts centre after going down a storm at the venue back in May 2015. Two years on, the duo bring ‘The Out of the Ordinary Tour’, full of atmospheric music to create a night that is not to be missed in the regional folk calendar.
Described as ‘utterly inspired and magnificent’ the duo has been making ground-breaking movements in the folk world. Together they create poignant arrangements with Hannah’s enchanting vocals and violin with Phillip’s instrumental virtuosity on slide guitar and harmonica.
With numerous nominations and a win for the ‘Best Duo’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the two musicians are valued for their originality and intensity, bridging the gap between music from the Deep-South of America, sitar melodies from India and English folk music.
Maddy Sutton, Audience Development Officer at The Witham says: this duo was the first ever music gig I saw at The Witham and it made a lasting memory. The night was intimate and atmospheric. Hannah and Phillip are two of most highly skilled and finely tuned musicians I have ever seen. This gig is particularly exciting as they promise to indulge us with music from magical places.
With the busiest 18 months of their careers so far, touring the UK and abroad with folk legends from Gigspanner and Seth Lakeman, plus another album due out in Autumn, the duo have journeyed a long way in becoming one of the most innovative folk-acts in the country.