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Sykes Martin

Presenting a new collaboration from two of the UK’s finest folk singers, Miranda Sykes and Hannah Martin.

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bass player with Show of Hands, is one of UK folk’s most respected musicians. A career spanning 20 years has seen her play with many of the finest performers in the folk and roots world. Her great musicality and sensitivity mean she is an in-demand session player; while her crystalline voice has established her as a leading interpreter of song, whether performing solo or in a larger lineup.

Hannah Martin is best known for her work in the BBC Folk Award-winning duo Edgelarks. Playing fiddle, banjo and tenor guitar, Hannah has been described as having “one of the best voices on the planet” (FATEA). She has toured from Japan to South Africa; written for theatre shows including for Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Alibi; played as part of Steve Knightley’s Wake The Union band, and Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band; and is also part of the Gigspanner Big Band.

Miranda and Hannah were working on a new duo project focusing on traditional song when the coronavirus hit. Although both artists have worked for many years within the folk world, neither felt they had dedicated enough time to purely traditional material. Discovering a magical alchemy in singing together, the pair formed a duo and toured the first time in September 2022.