Folk Roots Radio Episode 442: feat. Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 442: feat. Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage & More New Releases

UK Americana/folk duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage released a beautiful album “Awake” in 2018. Their music is deceptively simple, intimate duets around a single microphone, that draw you in and open you up while accompanied by mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar. They’ve just released a wonderful new single “Hidden Things” and they’re on tour in North America, with some Ontario dates this May. Hannah & Ben join us on Episode 442 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their music, new single and upcoming tour. And as usual, we also take a look at more of the new releases we’ve received – and this time around we check out new music from Mary Ann Kennedy, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, April Verch and Benjamin Dakota Rogers. It’s a great episode. we hope you’ll check it out. Check out the full playlist below.


Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage came together as a duo after a chance meeting at their local folk club, the Black Fen Folk Club, in Cambridge, England. Since arriving as a duo on the folk scene in 2016, they have released two critically acclaimed studio albums, “Before the Sun” (2016) and “Awake” (2018), both recorded in Toronto with highly regarded producer David Travers-Smith. They’ve just released a new single “Hidden Things”, the first of three written on the road and inspired by their relationship to the spirit of place. In fact “Hidden Things” was inspired by time spent in northern Sweden.

According to Hannah… “I was sitting on the coast of Stockholm’s Archipelago reading my friend Francesco Dimitri’s novel “Book of Hidden Things” which is set in Southern Italy. I was moved by the idea that landscapes hold dreams – love, mystery, loss… Dimitri’s book is about how stories become part of our connection to landscape. Like stories, songs can be a way of bringing the land’s dreams to life.”

Hidden Things is accompanied by a lovely and moving video that reflects on the differences between the urban and rural landscapes and the stories that they may lie concealed. You can check out that video HERE.

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are coming on tour to North America this May, with Ontario stops in Barrie, Toronto, Markdale, London and Flamborough. For more information, visit


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Mary Ann Kennedy
Mother Glasgow
Glaschu: Home Town Love Song (2019, Arc Music)

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
Who Wouldn’t Be Lonely
Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves (2019, Free Dirt Records)

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
If You Can’t Stand The Heat (2018, Fiddlemon Music / Compass Records)

April Verch
Durham’s Bull
Once A Day (2019, Slab Town Records)

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Way Over Yonder In A Minor Key
Awake (2018, Sungrazing Records)

Interview: Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage chatting about their music.

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
A Thousand New Moons
Awake (2018, Sungrazing Records)

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Awake (2018, Sungrazing Records)

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Hidden Things
(single) (2019, Sungrazing Records)

Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Fare Thee Well
Better By Now (2019, Self)

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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