Hannah McPhillimy

Wind Machine

About Hannah

Originally hailing from Northern Ireland’s rugged North Coast, Belfast-based songwriter Hannah McPhillimy’s thoughtful music brings jazz-inflected indie warmth against a windswept backdrop. With her beguiling voice and ear for melody, paired with unguarded, reflective narratives, she has prompted comparisons to the likes of Feist, Regina Spektor and Daughter, all the while carving out her own distinctive path.

Since the launch of her debut EP Seeing Things in 2013, Hannah’s subsequent records have garnered acclaim for their diversity and ingenuity: working with anti-slavery charity No More Traffik to record the a cappella collection Freedom Songs, launched at a sell-out gig at Belfast’s historic Crumlin Road Gaol; and most recently, teaming up with author Jan Carson to record Disappear Here, a set of songs inspired by Jan’s novel Malcolm Orange Disappears.

With a back catalogue of appearances including RTE’s Other Voices, with Go Wolf at SXSW, supporting slots with The Gloaming, SOAK, Gungor and Foy Vance - never mind a Culture NI trade delegation to Brussels - Hannah has developeda more sophisticated sound and into a bolder artistduring a couple of action-packed years.

Now, her new record Wind Machine is the culmination of lessons learnt on the road and in the studio. With a fuller band, a completely analogue recording process working alongside the legendary Julie McClarnon (King Creosote, Neutral Milk Hotel), and a desire to explore new boundaries, Hannah’s latest music is packed full of surprises.

“ A bit of a wonder ”

- The Irish Times

“ A signature voice that’s informed by jazz, but amenable to any which direction ”

- Stuart Bailie, BBC

“ A show-stopping voice ”

- The Irish News

“ A hugely competent multi-instrumentalist and increasingly self-assured performer, it’s McPhillimy’s beguiling vocal talents that really hit home, time and time again ”

- Brian Coney, The Thin Air

Notable appearances:

SXSW, Austin TX RTÉ’s Other Voices BBC Radio Ulster CQAF

Supported artists:

Foy Vance The Gloaming SOAK

Live shows

EastSide Arts Festival

Tues 7 Aug @ 8PM

St. Martin’s Church, Ballymacarrett

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