Hannah Rickard & The Relatives headed to Benelux05-01-2014
It’s an old-fashioned rock’n'roll story… A singer on a bender, a tour bus missed, a band broken up... But Hannah Rickard & the Relatives did things the other way round.
In September 2012, sizzling singer Hannah Rickard was hanging out backstage at the Southbank Centre. She was playing for a packed house alongside the acclaimed Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell. Suddenly her cousin Lou burst in, grabbed her hand and whisked her off. “Those songs you sent me?” he said, referring to a tape Hannah had posted, “We’re recording them”. This was true musical spontaneity: a quick ring round at 8pm, an impromptu gathering of the best musicians in London rock’n'roll, then jumping in the van to kidnap the singer from her own gig. Hannah arrived at Strummers, Lou’s recording studio in Holloway, to see Daisy – one part of Kitty Daisy and Lewis, the phenomenally successful trio signed to Sunday Best – and the rest of the new band; behind the kit was Urban Voodoo Machine‘s Gary Mills. On double bass was Psychobilly legend Nice Guy Eddie. And there was Lou himself, late of the People Like You-signed band The Grit. Behind the dials? Andy Brook, a Triple nominee in 2013 by the Music Producers Guild for the industry’s equivalent of a Brit award. One and a half year later this spontaneous studio project spinned off into a touring band heading out our way:
09-01-2014: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat
10-01-2014: Leiden (NL) @ Q-Bus
11-01-2014: Geel (BE) @ Bacchus Cafe
12-01-2014: Asten (NL) @ Het Spektakel