Alternative singer/songwriter Hannah Peel combines music box loops and obscure samples with a love of vintage violins and rusty pianos to create a sound self-described as wonky folk-pop. Born in Northern Ireland, she began her musical career playing the fiddle in her father’s band, and at the age of 18, she attended Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, where she developed her violin, trombone, and piano skills. Following session work for Sandi Thom, she became a backing musician for Easyworld’s David Ford and the Unthanks, composed the score for theater production King Cotton, and led the 13-piece Kinetic Fallacy on a headline slot at the Big Chill Festival. Following support from BBC 6 Music DJs Marc Riley and Stuart Maconie, she released an ’80s covers EP, Rebox, and began work on her debut album. Produced by Tunng’s Mike Lindsay and with strings arranged by Nitin Sawhney, The Broken Wave was released through Static Caravan Records in 2011.
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