JUNO and Polaris Prize nominee Hannah Georgas has announced an 8 date headline UK tour, taking in London O’Meara onMay 17 2017, alongside slots at this year’s Great Escape
and Dot To Dot festivals. The shows follow the release of Hannah’s much-praised new album ‘For Evelyn’ (out now through Dine Alone Records), which was produced by Holy F*ck’s Graham Walsh.
Named after Hannah’s 98-year-old grandmother, ‘For Evelyn’ was produced just outside of Toronto by Walsh, with mixing from Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, etc) and featuring collaborations with Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother) and Andy Shauf. Walsh was also at the helm for Hannah’s critically acclaimed self-titled release of 2013, which put her on the Polaris Music Prize longlist, earned her a fourth JUNO nomination and also spawned a sync spot on HBO’s Girls, handpicked by Lena Dunham.
The titular Evelyn is a lifelong inspiration to Georgas: “She’s lived almost a century on this planet and has witnessed so much. It’s sometimes difficult to find peace within myself and not to react out of fear. When I see my grandma now, I wonder if she’s made it to that place. I have a lot of respect for her and she inspires me. This album is an acknowledgment of that.” Familial ties extend elsewhere with the sweeping, emotionally muscular lead track ‘Don’t Go’ informed by the wrench of Georgas’ previous departure from her Ontario hometown to base herself out of West Coast Vancouver for an 8 year stint. Having since returned to Ontario just before writing For Evelyn, album closer ‘City’ explores the flip side of that push/pull between the familiar and the new, a farewell of sorts to her life in Vancouver.
Hannah has spoken of a need to divest herself of anxiety and self-doubt – ‘I have these moments in my life where I feel so empowered and thankful for everything that I have and then all of a sudden I feel anxious and overwhelmed’- and it’s this honesty and vulnerability that seeps into For Evelyn with candour & warmth. Even in the album’s darkest moments, there’s something vibrant and vivid in Hannah Georgas’ music that has emerged in her most daring and self-realised record to date.
17 May LONDON O’Meara w/ Sophie Hunger
18 May BRIGHTON The Great Escape
19 May MANCHESTER Castle Hotel w/ Jenn Grant
21 May GLASGOW The Hug & Pint w/ Jenn Grant
24 May DUBLIN Whelans w/ Jenn Grant
26 May MANCHESTER Dot To Dot
27 May BRISTOL Dot To Dot
28 May NOTTINGHAM Dot To Dot