16 Aug 2016
Someone gave me this lovely necklace in the rush after our...

Someone gave me this lovely necklace in the rush after our Sidmouth concert - they’d made it for me - I’m not sure who it was so I thought I’d say thanks on here and hope it reaches them.

11 Aug 2016
"The Watershed Band’s set was a blistering confirmation of just how far Phillip Henry (slide..."

The Watershed Band’s set was a blistering confirmation of just how far Phillip Henry (slide guitar/harmonica/vocals) and Hannah Martin (fiddle/vocals) have come during the past seven years.

The pair first met in alt-folk outfit Roots Union in 2009, later forming a duo which had busked on Sidmouth’s seafront at previous FolkWeeks.

Now, having won BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards Best Duo in 2014 and with three albums behind them, they humbly stepped out on to Sidmouth’s biggest stage, backed by their Watershed Band (bassist Matt Downer and percussionist James Taylor).

Opening with the title track of their current album, Watershed, Hannah’s beautiful voice soared high above the intriguing mix of folk and pop, tinged with provocative lyrics. They followed that with Stones – a brooding and powerful clarion call for for gay rights, criticising a UKIP candidate for his homophobic comments.

Phillip took centre stage for a delicate rendering of Yarrow Mill, the touching piece about how his grandparents met, while the delightful, almost jazzy, Conkers was another highlight.

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning featured Phil’s breathy, bluesy harmonica, with Hannah rejoining him on stage for a terrific version of the chugging and mesmeric The Nailmaker’s Strike.

The show – slightly uneven in places due to its long length – came to a head with a haunting version of the punchy Silbury Hill, featuring extended solos from Matt Downer and James Taylor.

All in all a great show from two highly recommended outfits.


Paul Strange, Sidmouth Herald 11.08.16

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"From start to finish, Watershed proves itself to be a passionate and powerful record. The duo's dynamic songwriting is matched by their artistry and the resulting songs deserve much recognition."
- Duncan Haskell


Sat Sep 17, St Ives September Festival, The Guildhall , Sweet-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS

Sun Sep 18, The Priston Festival, Priston Village Green, Priston, Somerset BA2 9EE

Sun Sep 25, Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin

Sun Oct 02, Costa Del Folk, Portugal

Sat Oct 08, Calstock Arts Centre, Calstock, Cornwall

Thu Oct 13, West Kirby Arts Centre, The Old Unitarian Church, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4EL

Fri Oct 14, Wadsworth Community Centre, Billy Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8RY

Wed Oct 19, Faversham Folk Club, Faversham, Kent

Thu Oct 20, Cecil Sharp House, London

Fri Oct 21, Nailsea Folk Club,

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