“Your music moved me to tears.”
This is the refrain contemporary folk artist Hannah Scott regularly hears as she leaves the stage.
Born in Suffolk and raised by an eccentric entertainer father and an artist mother, with music going back three generations to her songwriting great grandmother, creativity was always destined to be an integral part of Hannah’s life. At the age of four, her father bought a second hand piano for £70 from a friend in the pub and she didn’t look back, falling in love with both playing and listening to classical music. She picked up a guitar in her early teens as the influence of her peers and more contemporary music took hold, teaching herself some simple chords that would form the foundation of her earliest attempts at songwriting.
In the fifteen years she has been writing and performing, Hannah has become a consummate storyteller. Her music is shaped by human stories with family, in all its chaos and glory, sitting at the heart of her work. She writes powerful, poignant lyrics and her voice feels strangely familiar, though you can’t quite put your finger on why. Her writing may be deeply personal, but there is a universality to her music that extends beyond the melodies you catch yourself humming days after listening to her songs. The connection she forges with her audiences often finds its most profound expression in the stories she in turn is told by audience members after her shows: the woman whose elderly mother lost a sibling in childhood and is moved to tears by Boy In The Frame; the young father who, upon listening to My Dad & I, realises he wants to spend more time with his small children; the adoptive parents, who, like Hannah as a step-parent, may not have been the first person to hold their child, but Love You Like I Did. A deep-rooted desire for this connection has always been the driving force behind her songwriting and live performances.
Hannah’s career highlights include the placement of her song No Gravity in an episode of hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy which was broadcast worldwide, being invited to record a live session on BBC Radio 2 with Dermot O’Leary and opening for Madeleine Peyroux, performing to two thousand people. She has also shared the stage with folk superstars Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon and Fairport Convention as well as performing at festivals including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Manchester. She is equally at home in small venues and thrives on the intimacy of performing in spaces where she can look audience members in the eye, and, of course, speak with them after the show.
Hannah is currently busy working on her third studio album, the first she will self-produce alongside acclaimed engineer/producer Adrian Hall (Tori Amos, Anna Calvi), due for release in the autumn of 2024. These songs are inspired by the biggest of human emotions - love, parenthood, grief, and an unwavering yearning for life, even during its darkest moments.
“I’m sorry, but also not sorry,” Hannah replies to the audience member moved to tears, so pleased her songs have connected in just the way she hoped they would.
“She reduces women and children to tears - in a good way…” - The Guardian
“…and grown men.” - Tom Besford, English Folk Expo & Richard Haswell, Liverpool Philharmonic
“This is beautiful.” - Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2
“Wonderful songwriting.” - Seth Lakeman
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