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''Beautiful songs... Haunting dreamlike folk music’ Songlines

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage release new album "Ink of the Rosy Morning" on Topic Records in April 2022. 

Following the success of Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), both produced by David Travers-Smith in Toronto, the duo opted for an altogether different approach for their new record. They hired a quiet old schoolhouse by the sea, sat in the dining room, lit the fire, opened a bottle of wine, set up a few mics and played. Nothing pre-arranged. No big ideas. No pre-production. No thought of releasing anything from it. Nobody else around. Simply playing the songs they’ve known for years; savouring all the energy and emotion they carry.

‘Awesome… a supremely divine album.’ Americana UK  

Since emerging in 2016, Hannah & Ben have been defying all conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of ‘Americana’, yet quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing style. Playful and instinctive, they make music with such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense.

 'Dreamy reveries, softly warm vocals, stirring guitar arrangements - Sanders & Savage wield an elusive sort of magic' MOJO 

Hannah Sanders has an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses. Ben Savage is a bubbling ferment of energy and infectious enthusiasm, seemingly able to play any instrument you put in front of him with grace and favour.

'An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy’  ★★★★★ R2 Magazine  

Their intimate, pin-drop single microphone live show has captivated audiences across the UK, US, Canada & Asia, sharing the stage with the likes of Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Gretchen Peters.

‘This is folk music for everyone – a master-class in proficiency, an exercise in individuality and a declaration of love of the folk tradition from both sides of the  Atlantic’ ★★★★★ Spiral Earth  

'A stream of brilliant music - they should be rated among the elite when it comes to UK folk' Maverick 

'Listening to this record is a form of meditation, with all its benefits. Sanders has a voice of such sparkling clarity that soars above and dips around Savage’s dobro and their harmonies are exquisite.'  No Depression  

'I've loved Hannah Sanders' voice since first listen and Ben Savage is a master musician. they are both deep in to the soul of their music. I think this album is the best thing they've done.'  Mike Harding Folk Show 

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‘Blessed with a peerlessly pure voice... Catch her while you can!’ ★★★★ The Express