Hannah Bright - Whistle and Caller

BA (Hons)

Hannah, who’s something of a wedding buffet connoisseur, enjoys adventure sports. She’s tried her hand at kayaking, skiing, zorbing and skydiving, to name just a few, and lived to tell the tale.  Hannah’s Scottish heritage led her into folk music at an early age, and she quickly secured a place on the pioneering Folk and Traditional Music degree programme at Newcastle University.  There, she benefited from collaborations with Folkworks at the Sage Gateshead and leading folk artists at the International Centre for Music Studies, including Kathryn Tickell and Catriona MacDonald.

After spending a semester in Ireland under the Erasmus exchange scheme, Hannah opted to complete her degree at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, where she studied with whistle legend Mary Bergin and leading exponents of the Irish flute Niall Keegan, Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa) and Brian Finnegan (Flook).

Hannah is in high demand as a caller, appearing with leading bands such as Bedlam, Toothless Mary and Blackbeard’s Tea Party. She’s a favourite with the Ceilidh Club crowd at Cecil Sharp House, and has extensive experience calling for large-scale wedding and corporate parties, whether Scottish, English or Irish.  Her festival credits include the Rochester Sweeps Festival, Shepley Spring Festival, Bromyard Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week, and she has featured at ceilidh series including Oxfolk and the Chiltern Ceilidhs.  Perhaps most importantly, her collection of tartan items is truly impressive.