Hannah James, accordion, vocals, percussive dance
Gaja Šušelj, violin, vocals
Mahan Mirarab, guitar
András Dés, percussion
Hannah James has been an unmatched force of innovation in British folk for nearly two decades. A multi-faceted performer, James’ virtuosic talent spans all her four disciplines: singer, accordionist, composer and clog dancer. She has amassed an international touring career, multiple award nominations, and credits in some of Britain’s most respected folk projects, including Lady Maisery and Songs of Separation.
In 2015, James introduced her one-woman show, JigDoll. This innovative debut reinvented the notion of solo performance by combining all James’ disciplines simultaneously for an immersive, unforgettable song and dance experience. Utilising cutting-edge looping technology with vocal, accordion and composition skill, a multi-layered soundscape was woven onstage, providing the backdrop for James’ spellbinding fusion of traditional and wholly original dance.
Now, The JigDoll Ensemble sees James enhanced by three masters of their instrument: percussionist András Des (Hungary), fiddle player Claudia Schwab (Austria), and Guitarist Mahan Mirarab (Iran) perfectly articulate James’ visionary ideas for song, tune and dance. The ensemble brings together cutting edge performance tools and spellbindingly original music and movement with traditional roots of English folk in an exciting, pan-european fusion.
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