One of the most exciting and beguiling duos of recent years Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin will embark on a unique tour of the most unexpected ‘venues’ this spring.
Nobody sounds like the highly innovative Henry and Martin and few can have come up with a tour as different as this. The ten-date Out of the Ordinary tour (May 10-27) will see the award-winning pair weaving their musical wizardry across England and Wales, performing at some totally unpredictable locations. Churches will jostle with caverns, Iron Age roundhouses with ancient hostelries, steam museums with labyrinthine Liverpool tunnels as they perform in 10 different counties from Cornwall to Co.Durham.
The alchemy of Martin’s ever evocative songwriting, rich vocals and fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica, lap steel and more fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound bridging blues, folk, country and Americana. With three studio and one live album to their name, Devon-born Martin and Lancashire-born Henry have made a huge impression in the roots world, a highlight of which saw them clinch the coveted 2014 Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
Their latest album Watershed was released last September – a collection of twelve atmospheric original songs and tunes, it saw them moving away from the historical figures and events that peopled their acclaimed previous album Mynd as they explored the idea of a modern folk tale – drawing on personal experience to create edgier, grittier material whilst retaining an ‘everyman’ empathy.
Says Hannah: “We are really looking forward to taking our music to these magical places. We have always drawn on many musical styles and regional influences so it seemed apt to seek out some of the more unusual places that have shaped our island’s rich and diverse history.
“Some of the venues are part of our industrial heritage, like the Great Western Railway Steam Museum; then there are mysterious places created for unknown reasons like the Williamson Tunnels – and all human life is in the fabrics of these buildings, from convicts to philanthropists.”
The tour kicks off at Cardiff’s Norwegian Church on Wednesday, May 10 and finishes over the late May Bank Holiday at Buster Ancient Farm in Hampshire.
Artists’ website: http://www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk/
‘Nailmakers Strike’ live:
- Norwegian Church, Cardiff – A landmark building on Cardiff Bay. Under the patronage of the Norwegian Seaman’s Mission, the 1868 Lutheran church provided a place of worship for Scandinavian sailors and the Norwegian community in the Welsh capital for over 100 years.
10/05 Norwegian Church Arts Centre Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4PA 029 2087 7959
DOORS: 7.30pm START: 8pm
TICKET PRICE: £14
- Derby Gaol – The cells of this gaol which stood on Friar Gate from 1756-1846 still exist and the building is open to the public. The gaol was the site of many hangings and the building is allegedly haunted. It has featured on Living TV’s Most Haunted TV series and is run by paranormal investigator Richard Felix
11/05 Derby Old Gaol 50-51 Friar Gate, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 1DF 01335 360882
- Williamson Tunnels – a labyrinth of tunnels in Edge Hill area of Liverpool built under the direction of eccentric businessman Joseph Williamson between 1810-1840 for no apparent reason. They remained derelict until archaeological investigations were carried out in 1995. Now part of the tunnels is open to the public as a heritage centre.
12/05 The Williamson Tunnels The Old Stable Yard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool, Lancashire L7 3EE 0151 2911 777 Tickets
- Cruck Barn, Appletreewick,Yorkshire – In 2006 the heather-thatched oak-beamed cruck barn in Wharfedale (part of The Craven Arms) was the first of its kind to be built since the time of Henry VIII. Cruck barns were farm buildings used to house livestock and store animal feed.
13/05 The Craven Arms Pub & Cruck Barn, Appletreewick Nr Skipton, North Yorkshire. BD 23 6DA 01756 720270 Tickets
Doors – 7:30pm Start 8:30pm
- GWR Steam Museum, Swindon – This museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. It tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the GWR, often referred to as “God’s Wonderful Railway”.
- Carnglaze Cavens, Cornwall – Man-made caverns formed as part of a slate quarry in the Loveny Valley, near Liskeard. In recent years it has been used as an unusual concert venue for bands including Fairport Convention and British Sea Power.
20/05 Carnglaze Caverns St Neots, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6HQ 01579 320251
- Lion Salt Works, Cheshire – The last remaining open pan salt works at Marston near Northwich, Cheshire closed in 1986 but is now preserved as a museum
24/05 Lion Salt Works Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES 07796 175437
- The Witham, Barnard Castle – The Witham Testimonial Hall was built by public subscription as a memorial to Henry T.M. Witham of Lartington, a palaeobotanist and philanthropist who had strived to make provision for the medical and educational needs of Barnard Castle before his death in 1844. The building, which opened in 1846, housed the Mechanics’ Institute and a Dispensary for the Relief of the Sick Poor. By 1860, a large music hall had been built to the rear of the Testimonial Building, whilst the premises later incorporated several small cottages in Hall Street. Together these buildings became known as The Witham – now a community arts centre full of character.
25/05 The Witham 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8LY 01833 631107
- Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire – Steeped in history, it was originally built in the early 15th century by a local farmer named Byrd and remained in the same family until 1977.The last descendant, Miss Lola Taplin, a formidable character remembered by the locals, bequeathed the hostelry to the National Trust.
26/05 The Fleece Inn The Cross, Bretforton, Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 7JE 01386 831173 Tickets £12
Doors: 7.30pm starts 8pm
- Butser Ancient Age Farm, nr Petersfield, Hampshire – Within the South Downs National Park, the farm displays constructions of ancient buildings based on real sites, dating from the Stone Age through the Iron Age and Roman Britain, finishing with the Anglo Saxons. The site workers also grow crops from prehistory and keep rare breeds of animals including pigs, sheep and goats. The concert will take place in the atmospheric Iron Age Round House.