Reviews

JIGDOLL ENSEMBLE DEBUT PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Among the homegrown acts, one particular concert stood out – Hannah James’ JigDoll. This former one-woman show made its debut as an ensemble piece with James joined by Kate Young on fiddle, Marti Tärn on bass guitar and Cormac Byrne on an impressive range of percussion from spoons to cajón ...
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FROOTS ALBUM REVIEW

JigDoll is an exciting new project created by singer, musician and dancer Hannah, whose career to date has involved a number of col- laborative permutations (Kerfuffle, Sam Sweeney, Maddy Prior, Tuulikki Bartosik). Currently, Hannah’s a member of the trio Lady Maisery, several of the strands of whose combined music-making flow ...
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SONGLINES ALBUM REVIEW

✭✭✭✭  ‘Top of the World’ album.  The album begins with a soft low hum, then more lyrical vocal layers build up, like layers of cumulus across a twilit sky – this is First Lullaby, and the thrilling entry into the JigDoll cosmos – Hannah James’ first solo work. She’s been ...
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ALBUM REVIEW – NORTHERN SKY

If the perceived adolescent voice of Kate Rusby reflects the back lanes of suburban Barnsley, then the hums, yodels and vocal doodles on Hannah James’ debut solo album conjures the dark dark woods of an M Night Shyamalan film, or wicker figures perched upon cliff tops with the beetle in ...
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ALBUM REVIEW – LIVING TRADITION

Arts Council and Crowd Funded, this album presents music composed, arranged and performed by singer, musician and dancer Hannah James at performances of her live show, Jigdoll. Themed around her absorptive experiences as a peripatetic performer, passionate about the connective synergies between sound and movement, inured to travelling with a ‘tool ...
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ALBUM REVIEW – LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * Like all good journeys, Jigdoll starts with a kind of hush, the shadow of least expectancy and the haunting breath in the dark, the silence growing till finally the realisation hits home that something nurtured by the elements is about to ...
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