Award Winning Duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin  Performs at The Atkinson

Award Winning Duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin Performs at The Atkinson


                        Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards

 On Saturday 15 March the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin performs at The Atkinson.

They are one of the most exciting and innovative duos on the folk/roots/acoustic scene with a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres.

Phillip Henry hails from Lancashire and is one of the UK’s top slide guitarists and harmonica players. Over the past decade he has immersed himself in the music of the Deep South of America, traditional music of the British Isles, and Indian classical music. Specializing in lap slide techniques, his masterful Dobro playing draws together these diverse influences to create a truly unique voice that has been described as “Stunningly good” (Dick Gaughan), and “utterly captivating” (Steve Knightley).

Hannah Martin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Her songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, creating haunting compositions delivered with “a bold and beautiful singing style all her own” (BBC Radio Two). Writing mainly on fiddle, viola, and banjo, and drawing on the traditions of the British Isles, she has been commended by Mike Harding for her “really fantastic singing”

The duo has been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Festival appearances have included regular Glastonbury slots; all the major folk festivals including mainstage slots at Sidmouth Folk Week and a constant presence on the greenfield festival circuit, at events such as Larmer Tree (mainstage); Sunrise Celebration (mainstage); and Green Man.

2011 saw the release of their debut album, Singing The Bones, which garnered national airplay from BBC Radio 2 and 3, and warm praise from the specialist music press.

2012 also saw Phil and Hannah support Steve Knightley on his nationwide spring tour; as well as 33 festival appearances in their own right. Winning Best Folk Act at the 2012 South West Music Awards, they began 2013 by being publicly voted Best Duo at the national Spiral Awards.

“I was completely knocked out by this duo…I’ve been playing [Singing The Bones] over and over…just a terrific album…” Mike Harding, BBC Radio Two

“Bravely original. A combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma…” The Guardian ****

They are a truly unique young duo that is at the forefront of the new global folk movement. They will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity, their genre-bending material and their warm personalities. A force to be reckoned with!


Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin performs on Saturday 15 March at 7.30pm at The Atkinson, Sefton’s new home of art, literature, music, history and more. Tickets are £8 advance and £10 on the door.


Tickets are available to book online at or through the Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.




Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Saturday15 March


Tickets: £8 adv/ £10 doors


*Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website or call box office on 01704 533333


Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 |


About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wonder through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

In October 2014 The Atkinson becomes something even more exciting for visitors, with the opening of the museum which will tell the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. It will also be the new home for the Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not seen for over 40 years.





Posted on 10 March 2014 under General news

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