It’s Friday again. Which means it’s the weekend and the second instalment of our Spotlight Friday. For me the weekend is more often than not just as chock a block as the rest of the week. Back to back brunch, catching up with friends, trying new places in Belfast or city break ventures. A result of this is often a spike in my coffee consumption and a rather lengthy list of new music to add to the work Spotify playlist on Monday.
We certainly aren’t short of talented musicians in Northern Ireland. Snowpatrol, Two Door Cinema Club, Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Duke Special, Ash, Iain Archer, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers etc. I could keep going. We can even boast of our agencies musical talent with our in-house DJ and bass player. At the agency we have a lot of love for all the arts. This week at Pale Blue Dot we attended the Arts and Business Awards 2016 at the Grand Opera House. It was a fantastic evening attended by hundreds of business and art professionals with special performances from Duke Special, Pint House Productions and Premiere Circus. Thanks again to Arts and Business NI for putting on an outstanding evening and well-deserved congratulations to all the award winners.
This Friday we wanted to draw attention to one of our favourite local artists. She has shared the stage with the likes of SOAK, Foy Vance, David. C. Clements, Malojian and Joshua Burnside. Played with Go Wolf, performed at Forfey Festival, Belfast Culture Night and held back to back yearly performances at the Other Voices Music Trail in Derry and Dingle. She is of course Hannah McPhillimy. Hannah is a Belfast based singer/songwriter influenced by jazz, folk music and easily sits alongside contemporary indie artists such as Feist and Regina Spektor.
Live performances are captivating. A multi-instrumentalist; piano, ukulele, singing and claps. Hannah commands and holds your attention throughout the entire performance with charm and complete mastery of her wide repertoire. Each performance is dotted with funny anecdotal moments, stories and incidents that unravel more and more of the stories her songs tell.
I will let Hannah’s good friend Nicole Torrens tell you a little more about Hannah’s debut EP
“Hannah’s new EP is called Seeing Things.
She wrote this because sight is her favourite of the five senses.
It could have been called Smelling Things
But it’s not.
Let’s all take a moment to let that sink in.”
This neatly sums up Hannah’s charming personality and stage presence. As I was following the twitter feeds in work this week I caught one of Hannah’s tweets about her music. Her latest EP ‘Disappear Here’ which you can purchase from here will quite literally disappear at the end of January. Hannah is being incredibly generous and every proceed from the EP will go towards the Alzheimer’s Society of Northern Ireland. We caught up with Hannah to dig a little further into ‘Disappear here’.
“Disappear Here came about as a collaboration with the author and good friend Jan Carson. The songs are inspired by her debut novel ‘Malcolm Orange Disappears’ which focuses on the lives of the colourful residents of a retirement home in Portland Oregon. It was an absolute treat to create music that captured her wry and poignant look at the aging process and to raise money for a cause dear to both of our hearts.” (Hannah McPhillimy)
So follow the link and support a great local musician and if you haven’t yet made it to a show of Hannah’s, then you clearly have been hiding under a rock. Seriously where have you been? (Other than missing out). Fear not because Hannah has plenty of upcoming shows that you can check out here and a brand new EP called ‘Wind Machine’ coming soon. So keep an eye on Twitter to catch more on the EP’s release. I know whose music I will be listening to this weekend.
(Image by Jonathan Ryder)