|Saturday 14 April 2018 @ 09:00pm : -
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 the 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 song that is a testament to both her song writing 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.
Ms Johnson’s fans include Imelda May, Robert Plant and Ronnie Wood, indeed Hannah and her band provided the entertainment for Ronnie’s recent 70th Birthday party.
"Hannah is a real talent who deserves to do well. This is a great debut album, and I’m impressed with her song writing skills. Highly recommended." ~ Ronnie Wood, January 2018
"She's a fine talent, her best to date right up there with anything from the States" ~ Best of 2017 - Marie Crichton, BBC Radio Shropshire, January 2018
"A handful of superb original compositions sit perfectly next to excellent interpretations of classic country songs." ~ Critics’ Choice – The Best of 2017 - Michael Hingston, Country Music People, January 2018
"The first single ‘Your Girlfriend Hates Me’, enjoyed several weeks at the top of the Hotdisc chart which is hugely encouraging and indicates much more success may be on it’s way for Hannah in 2018. She has an original and versatile vocal style well worth hearing." ~ Critics’ Choice – The Best of 2017 - Chris Smith, Country Music People, January 2018
"Using every sinew of her musical passion, she led the band admirably through a wealth of complementary material, standing aside when necessary to afford a couple of impeccable pickers the platform to excel. Never afraid to stretch her vocal acumen, a series of diverse covers just exceeded the original offering, while contributing to a seamless hour and half of beam balancing music in terms of authenticity and true to the deep-rooted core of a maligned genre." ~ David Hughes, Three Chords & The Truth (Live Review) December 2017
"Shaken is a confident debut solo album from an artist who knows her musical heritage, but is no slave to it." ~ Michael Hingston, ★★★★★ Country Music People, July 2017
"A dynamic live performer too, Johnson proved her authenticity chops long ago with the Toy Hearts, but this serves as a terrific launch of what promises to be an equally illustrious and acclaimed solo career." ~ Mike Davies, Folking, July 2017
"Hannah is doing exceedingly well.. A great album." ~ Lee Williams, CMR Nashville Radio, July 2017
"Qualifies as being in the best of British Country Music" ~ Roger Peck, British Country Music Show, July 2017
"Country AND Western that will break your heart (and mend It too!)... 36 minutes minutes of Country Heaven." ~ Alan Harrison, Rocking Magpie, June 2017
"If you want to hear honest, authentic Country music as it should be sung and played , then do listen to this album. You won't regret it." ~ Peter Cowley, FATEA, June 2017
"A highly infectious collection of tunes perfectly encapsulating the soul of traditional country music." ~ David Hughes, Three Chords & The Truth, June 2017
"Hannah certainly knows her country music." ~ Michael Park, The International Americana Music Show
"Hannah Johnson is one of my favourite young talents. Her lovely voice is strong, sultry, soulful 'n' sassy. Her songwriting and stage presence present all this in an awesome live show." ~ Toni Price, Austin TX
"A fabulous mixture of western swing, classic country and a touch of the blues… Hannah has a wonderful voice and conveyed her enthusiasm for the music. Stewart was in superb from on the pedal steel." ~ Michael Hingston, Country Music People (Live Review)