For those lucky enough to get to The Lantern Theatre on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd in 2011, Philippa Hanna premiered live arrangements from her newest recording Out Of The Blue. With fewer than 100 seats in the theatre, The Lantern provides an intimate setting suiting the sound and conversational style of the Sheffield-based artist.
The evenings featured performance from fellow label-mates Peter Nevland and Roo Walker whose respective DVDs come out this year as part of a 3-part series. The main feature offers fans, both new and old, the opportunity to see Hanna is her element. Accompanied by outstanding musicians including John Dowling (world champion Banjoist) and her husband Joel Cana (The Gentlemen) playing percussion, the arrangements are up-beat and dynamic whilst retaining a sensitivity which allows Philippa’s vocals to stay right in focus.
In an age of overdubs and autotune, it’s rare to find an up-and-coming act who can pull off an unadulterated recording with such impressive results. As the songs roll on, there is an insight into the stories behind them, highlighting a genuine desire from the singer to connect deeply with her audience.
The set kicks off with the toe-tapping blues number Mr Right and moves swiftly into the crowd-pleasing Summer Bride. The newer songs namely Raggedy Doll show a matured style to Hanna’s writing, weaving stories in the style of well-seasoned Nashville writer. The set ends with old and new favourites Higher and Happy In My Skin respectively. For those left wanting more, two more solo acoustic songs are reserved for the bonus features along with music videos for Ave To Love and I Am Amazing.