Photo – Dan Wiebe

by Benjamin Finney

Our featured artist this week is the wonderful Hannah Ashcroft with her latest single ‘Landfire‘.

Hannah finished writing ‘Landfire‘ whilst she was in rural Australia and this influence is clear in the recording. With Americana inspired guitar lines, combined with the intimate atmosphere Hannah created with her vocals, the song takes you away from your current surroundings and places you in to the realm of this song.

The power and rawness is balanced beautifully and the finished recording is a truly iconic piece of music. ‘Landfire’ has definitely secured Hannah an amazing end to 2019 and a powerful start to 2020. I can’t wait to see what is next for her.

If you are not familiar with Hannah,

Hannah Ashcroft is an inimitable indie, alt-folk musician hailing from Manchester.

Using vivid imagery and arresting vocals, she explores themes of humanity, mythology and superstition. Striking guitar tones and a unique fingerpicking style reflect a range of diverse influences from John Martyn to Radiohead.

After touring and busking her way across the UK, Europe and Australia, she released her Melbourne made EP ‘The Quiet Kind’ in 2016, earning support from Tom Robinson on BBC6 music and receiving praise from Folk Radio UK.” 

Fast gaining attention, she has been featured by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC6 Music Recommends and this year, was selected to work with Mercury nominated artist Beth Orton as part of Brighter Sound’s ‘Both Sides Now’ initiative.

She has since made debut appearances at Walton Folk Festival, Manchester International Festival and Dot to Dot Festival and is currently working on her debut album.

Make sure that you go and see Hannah at her single launch at YES on the 18th of December.


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