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Hannah Naiman

Having grown up surrounded by her musical family, immersed in the sounds of clawhammer banjo and appalachian ballads, Hannah harvested the sounds and themes of this music in her bones and in her heart. Her debut album, Tether My Heart (Merriweather Records Ltd.) marked Hannah Shira Naiman's entrance to the stage as a songwriter, but is a testament to her deep roots in the old-time appalachian genre. Hannah's songs “are a little bit crooked, a little bit new.” Her sound is reminiscent of Gillian Welch and The Be Good Tanyas, and inspired by Ola Belle Reed and Hazel Dickens. While Hannah’s style is decidedly Appalachian folk, she’s also influenced by styles outside the genre, such as English and Irish ballads, African spirituals and gospel music, as well as the pop and indie music that inspired her early songwriting. Hannah performs solo, letting her smooth voice and clear clawhammer ring out, or with an ensemble of traditional oldtime musicians backing her up with a rich, authentic sound.