Belfast, County Antrim
Originally hailing from Northern Ireland’s rugged North Coast, Belfast-based songwriter Hannah McPhillimy’s music is known for bringing jazz-inflected indie warmth to a windswept landscape.
Since the launch of her debut EP Seeing Things in 2013, Hannah’s subsequent records have garnered acclaim for their diversity and purpose: 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 SXSW, RTE’s Other Voices, supporting slots with The Gloaming, SOAK, Gungor and Foy Vance - never mind a Culture NI trade delegation to Brussels - Hannah has grown and developed during 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 sound, a completely analogue recording process, and a desire to explore new boundaries, Hannah’s latest music packed full of surprises.
“A bit of a wonder” - Irish Times
“A signature voice that’s informed by jazz, but amenable to any which direction” - Stuart Bailie, BBC
“A showstopping voice” - Irish News
“[Freedom Songs] brilliantly illustrates McPhillimy’s vocal range and tonal ingenuity” - The Thin Air