Jig Doll is an exciting new project created by singer, musician and dancer Hannah James. Her first solo adventure, Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show inspired by the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you and the people you meet on the way.
Much more than a concert, Jig Doll uses newly-composed music and innovative stage techniques to weave a magical atmosphere around percussive dance. Each performance will see Hannah build the music live using loop pedals and instruments. Her own dynamic rhythms then become the centerpiece of the music through a specially designed dance platform, incorporating a range of sounds and surfaces, which takes instrumental foot percussion to a new level. Finally, she dances to the musical accompaniment she’s created: like the traditional travelling player, truly a one-woman band.
Hannah James has emerged as one of the most imaginative and adventurous artists on the folk scene. First coming to national attention as accordion player and singer with the band Kerfuffle, she was in an acclaimed duo with Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, is a member of female vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery, and has worked with folk legend Maddy Prior in the trio 3 for Joy.
In recent years, Hannah has been one of the key figures in the revival of interest in English clog. She was a featured dancer in the Demon Barber Road Show, whose production of Time Gentlemen Please (which became The Lock In) showcased her extraordinary dance and choreography skills. Inspired by Music Hall clog dance masters like Sam Sherry, Hannah’s work is characterised by a strong sense of theatre and showmanship, with an edgy energy that sparkles and radiates through her dance.
Support act in Café to be confirmed.
Sunday 15 November, Doors 7pm, Support in Café 7.30pm, Jig Doll in Theatre 8.30pm, £12