SINGER, musician, clog-dancer... Hannah James is a woman with a mission - to challenge people’s perceptions of folk.
She’s taken to the road with the much-loved folk artist Maddy Prior and classically-trained Giles Lewin and the trio will be dropping in at Solihull Arts Complex next week.
“I think people still have this image of folk musicians being old men in jumpers with a finger stuck in their ear,” laughs the 24-year-old. “And, yes, I’ll admit that those people do exist, but it’s a lot more than that.
“There’s increasingly a lot of younger people getting involved.
“Folk is a very particular discipline and when you see people performing you can’t help being impressed by what they do. Whether or not you like that particular type of music.”
Hannah started her performing with the Stockport-based Fosbrook Cloggers. And it wasn’t long before she moved into music.
“It was a choice between the fiddle, flute and accordion - which is the one I got handed. I was only 11-years-old and when I was playing it came up to my nose. I hoped I’d get bigger, but I haven’t really. I’m still only 4’ 11’’ now, so perhaps it wasn’t the best choice to be stuck with an instrument that’s this big!”
Hannah tells us she was delighted to be asked to perform with Maddy and Giles for a 16-date tour of the country.
“We’re an unlikely group on the face of it,” laughs Hannah. “But it seems to work really well. They’re great to work with. The thing about folk is that if you want to do it full-time then you’re going to find yourself working with a lot of different people.”
Catch the trio at the Arts Complex on Saturday, April 7. Tickets on 0121 704 6962.