''Arrestingly beautiful' ★★★★★ Songlines
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage released new album "Ink of the Rosy Morning" on Topic Records in April 2022 to critical acclaim. MOJO declared it "as heartwarming as it is beguiling" and the record peaked at number 3 in the Official UK Folk Album Charts.
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.
''As heartwarming as it is beguiling' MOJO
Hannah Sanders has an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses. Ben Savage is a singular guitarist with a sound as distinctive as it is innovative. Together their harmonies and unique stage presence shimmer with an infectious enthusiasm and joy for the connection music offers.
'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 Fairport Convention, 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
'Flawless' The Guardian - Picks of the month
‘Bewitching harmonies, tasteful twin guitars and a dreamy quality that lingers long after the music ends' Daily Express
'Enchantingly beautiful music' The Mirror