A busy spell for songbird

Hannah Lamb performing.
Hannah Lamb performing.

Her voice has been described as awesome and her ability to reinterpret a track has won her plenty of admirers.

Even the bass player of a chart-topping English glam-rock band has added his name to her growing list of fans.

Tyler Angus and Hannah Lamb strut their cool stuff on stage

Tyler Angus and Hannah Lamb strut their cool stuff on stage

It’s safe to say that 16-year-old acoustic musician Hannah Lamb is forging quite a name for herself.

Prior to 2013, she was a regular at open-mic spots in her home village of Rothbury.

But her voice and distinctive style is turning heads from further afield.

And she has gone on to perform at a host of summer festivals throughout the North East over the last few months.

There’s more to come too, including a spot at well-established Richmond Live in August. It’s been a hectic time for the Duchess’s Community High School pupil. But she’s more than happy to grasp the opportunity’s that come her way.

“It has been busy but I am really enjoying it and I just want to keep going and keep performing as much as I can,” says Hannah, whose been playing the guitar for about 10 years.

“It has surprised me just how many gigs I have got.”

Her break came out of pure chance, towards the end of 2012. Teacher Richard Lyst runs an after-school class to give youngsters recording experience. Hannah blasted out a song and it blew Mr Lyst away.

“Fortunately I got it on tape,” he says.

The tune, Glowing Mash-up, became a demo track, and Mr Lyst sent it away to various contacts – and the rest is history.

It is on her 14-track album, which she recorded in her living room – in one take. The album is on sale in Rothbury and at her gigs and funds raised go towards Harbottle First School.

Covers on the album include Lady Gaga’s Poker Face and Elvis Presley’s (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You – but in Hannah’s own distinct style.

Her mash-up of The Darkness’ I Believe in a Thing Called Love has attracted praise from the band’s bass player Frankie Poullain. Commenting on the track, he said: “Expect great things here. Neat interpretation of the chorus. Fresh.”

Hannah was blown away by the feedback. “I couldn’t believe they heard my song and took the time to say something about it.

“I love reinterpreting songs and making them my own – that’s the fun part about it.”