SLIGO’S very own Old Hannah are set to release their second EP – ‘Iron and Wood’ – in The Model on Saturday evening, May 9. Old Hannah are Anthony Mannion (dobro/guitar/vocals), Lucie Crichlow (mandolin/guitar/vocals), Luke Mercer (guitar/vocals), and Leo Morris (banjo/guitar/vocals).
Audiences know them best for captivating harmonies, smart songwriting and crazy skills in guitar, dobro, mandolin and banjo-picking. These guys wear a love of old-time sounds proudly on their sleeves and bring it soaring into the 21st century with fresh new themes, stories and arrangements that never fail to delight.
The band are schooled in the deep rooted discipline of folk, country and roots music. Their music weaves lapsteel, beautifully arranged vocals into songs that are at once contemporary and filled with the lore of generations past.
The ‘Iron and Wood’ EP was recorded with Rian Trench of Solar Bears, and the band are joined by several guest musicians including Steve Wickham of the Waterboys. A single from the new EP known as “WEST” was released on April 22.
‘Iron and Wood’ is the follow up to their debut EP ‘Irish Boys’ and displays a leap in creativity and calibre which establishes Old Hannah as a new force on the Irish music scene.
After releasing their debut EP ‘Irish Boys’ in 2014, Old Hannah appeared at a whole host of festivals, including Body & Soul, the Other Voices Music Trail and the Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin.
The record was play-listed on Ireland’s national radio station RTE Radio One and the coinciding tour culminated with a performance on RTE Television’s Saturday Night Show. They ended the year by returning to their hometown to support the headline act of the Sligo Live Festival; Sheryl Crow.
2015 has had a promising start as the band were featured as one of state.ie magazine’s Face’s Of 2015. This was followed by the winning of the Fighting Chance songwriting competition run in association with IMRO, Windmill Lane and the Daily Mail.
For The Model show on May 9 the cost of ticket is €10 and they can be booked in advance online (www.themodel.ie). The show starts at 8pm.