Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts

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The Club Night

7.30pm  – The Grateful Fred Band
8pm       – Support
8.30pm  – Break/interval
9pm       – Headline Act

Regular “Fredheads” will remember three great shows that we’ve enjoyed over the years at Grateful Fred’s with the wonderful “Toy Hearts”, led by sisters Hannah and Sophia Johnson.

Well the “Toy Hearts” are no more as the sisters now have solo projects and Hannah’s new band is the excellent “Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts”.

Hannah grew up in an incredibly musical home and was singing as soon as she could. But she began her artistic career working in theatre and television as a child, participating in an unabridged version of a midsummer night’s dream where she played Puck aged 11, working with the esteemed Philip Glass, being part of the central television actors workshop and acting in national children’s TV shows. She also initially studied clarinet, but switched to guitar in her teens as it became apparent she couldn’t use the clarinet to back up her vocals – she did a mean ‘Stranger on the Shore’ though! After dabbling with the acting world for a number of years, Hannah settled on singing as her chosen medium, as she felt had grown ‘tired of being someone else on stage’ and she craved a more authentic way to express herself, and the genre of country music with its humility, simplicity and ability face emotionally complex topics, became her artistic home.

Hannah spent almost 15 years leading her family band The Toy Hearts (who currently on hiatus while the front women scratch their itches to release solo records), touring extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA. Hannah’s composition The Captain remains the biggest hit for her family band, as a song that is a testament to both her songwriting and her fierce independence – nobody except Hannah is the captain of Hannah! She is an Alumni of the prestigious IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program and has previously worked representing British bluegrass music in both America and Europe.

The band are superb musicians and it will be great to welcome Hannah back to Grateful Fred’s.


Support: Rachael Jean Harris

Derek King, of Liverpool Acoustic described Rachael thus…

“On hearing the first few acoustic chords from Rachael Jean Harris, her delicate and precise jazz-like progressions, you are at once transported back to Joni Mitchell’s mid-1970’s Hissing of Summer Lawns phase. But when you hear Harris’s soaring vocal it is evident that she is so much more than a Joni Mitchell mimic (though she would surely not deny her roots).
Her songs are beguiling and break all the rules it seems, the structures are hard to pin down and her vocal phrases meander captivatingly, constantly wandering where they seem really to have no right to go”.

Hosts: The Grateful Fred’s


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