Hailing from Scotland and now based in Brooklyn, Hannah Read is a versatile multi-instrumentalist widely recognized on the international stage. She’s best known for her fiddle playing, songwriting 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, 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. Her original songs are largely influenced by the people, places and landscapes she has encountered along the way, as well as musings of home, travel, love and loss – as can be heard on her critically acclaimed new album Way Out I’ll Wander (Hudson Records) which is compiled of “nine gorgeous originals” (The Guardian).
“Most recently I have been writing without genre in mind, I have found this to be incredibly freeing and allowed by creative process much more fluidity. It’s easy to get stuck on one little corner of a song, but my advice is to keep pushing through and more often than not, that previous tricky corner will have much more clarity upon completion of the rest of the lyrics/music – it’s often a bit of a puzzle!”
– Hannah Read