Hannah James and Toby Kuhn are a dazzling combination.

Hannah is an award-winning musician, dancer, songwriter and singer, a creative force renowned for her work with Lady Maisery, Seasick Steve, Maddy Prior and Songs of Separation with Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart and others.

Toby is a globetrotting French cellist whose post-classical, inventive, improvisational playing combines beautifully with Hannah to create a charismatic, playful chemistry. If you’re looking for warmth, honesty and musical excellence, look no further.

This folk is full of soul.

Hannah and Toby met in the summer of 2018 in the garden of a friend, and as many folk-music meetings go, with the sharing of a tune. Feeling right away that they should build on this meeting a friendship both personal and musical, they set out to travel a path together of experimentation and sound-sharing. From the UK to Slovenia they play, compose, write, jam and perform, exchanging ideas, exploring their values and the possibilities offered by their instruments, always looking for the connections between themselves and the world that surrounds them.

The combination of accordion and cello allows for a wide palette of sounds and textures which lift Hannah’s pure voice and deeply honest songwriting, in the next breath switching to choppy rhythms and joyful interplay between cello and percussive dance. This duo deliver a diverse, playful, original and incredibly touching performance.

Event: Sunday 3 April, 7.30pm

Tickets: £14

  • Hannah James and Toby Kuhn sit on a cobblestone wall.

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