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|Birth name||Hannah Mary Peel|
|Born||27 August 1985|
|Origin||Craigavon, Northern Ireland|
|Associated acts||The Magnetic North, John Foxx and the Maths|
Hannah Mary Peel (born 27 August 1985 in Craigavon) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger now based in London, England. Peel has released records as a solo artist, as a member of the psychogeography indie rock group The Magnetic North and with many other collaborators, including the electronic group John Foxx and the Maths and Beyond the Wizards Sleeve.
Following several EPs, Peel's anticipated second solo album Awake but Always Dreaming was released by her own imprint record label, My Own Pleasure Records, on 23 September 2016. The album was awarded "#1 Electronic Album of the Year 2016" by Electronic Sound Magazine.
In Manchester on May 2016, Peel premiered her new analogue synth-based, space-age alter-ego Mary Casio with an experimental piece combining analogue electronics and a 33-piece colliery brass band. Several shows took place in the United Kingdom, including performances in July 2017 as part of the Hull Capital of culture and at the Southbank Centre in London. A live album will be recorded during this time.
Performer/orchestral arranger/session musician
Hannah Peel has performed, collaborated and released records with the following artists: Beyond the Wizards Sleeve (Erol Alkan and Richard Norris), East India Youth, Wild Beasts, John Foxx, Blue Roses, Erland and the Carnival, Tunng, Philippe Cohen Solal Nitin Sawhney, The Unthanks, Gawain Erland Cooper, Tommy McLaughlin, David Ford, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Duke Special, Blood Red Shoes, Diagrams, Rhodes, Sandi Thom, LUMP, Rae Morris. Jim Moray and Jinnwoo.
Peel is well known for fabricating music boxes and composing, recording, and performing with them under the name record titles Rebox. Her music box compositions have been featured on numerous adverts, artist remixes and the 2012 film Anna Karenina featuring Keira Knightley.
A sold out, limited edition vinyl release called Rebox through independent record label Static Caravan Recordings, featured her unique music box compositions, including covers of "Tainted Love" made famous by Soft Cell, New Order's "Blue Monday", OMD's "Electricity" and Cocteau Twins' "Sugar Hiccup". A limited edition of 300 were pressed onto 7-inch vinyl and promptly sold out. Her version of "Tainted Love" was used in American Horror Story trailers and in the UK an advert promoting summer storylines for ITV soap operas Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
Rebox 2vwas released on 20 July 2015, featuring four new music box covers and three new instrumental pieces. A reworking of "Queen" by Perfume Genius begins this seamless 23 minute collection, followed by "Pale Green Ghosts" by John Grant, "Palace" by Wild Beasts and "Heaven How Long" by East India Youth.
Fabricstate EP (2014)
In February 2014, Peel released the EP Fabricstate, which features the song "Chloe", as featured in the British television series Dates. The artwork for the album was created by Karborn and designed by Jonathan Barnbrook. In 2013 she won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Title Music for the show Dates.
Working primarily with music box, Peel created several hand-punched pieces of music for the musical score to TeZukA about the life of manga artist Osamu Tezuka by the choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
In 2012, Peel co-composed the music for the Sadler's Wells Theatre production Compass, working alongside filmmaker and visual artist Tal Rosner and collaborating with choreographers from the Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Company, The Pina Bausch Company, and Jasmin Vardimon.
with The Magnetic North
- 2012: Orkney: Symphony of The Magnetic North (Full Time Hobby)
- 2016: Prospect of Skelmersdale (Full Time Hobby)
- 2013: Rhapsody (Metamatic Records)
- 2016: The Soft Bounce (Phantasy)
|2011||The Broken Wave||
|2016||Awake but Always Dreaming||
|2017||Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia||
with Philippe Cohen Solal and Mike Lindsay (Tunng)
- 2015: Henry J. Darger (Ya Basta Records)
with The Magnetic North
- 2012: "Rackwick" (Full Time Hobby)
- 2012: “Bay of Skaill” (Full Time Hobby)
- 2014: “Hi Life” (Full Time Hobby)
- 2016: “Signs” (Full Time Hobby)
- 2016: “A Death in the Woods” (Full Time Hobby)
- 2016: “Run of the Mill” (Full Time Hobby)
|2010||"Hey Santa!" (with Tunng)||Single only||Released December 2010, Static Caravan|
|2011||"Tainted Love"||Single only||Used in American Horror Story|
|"Bay of Skaill" (by The Magnetic North)||Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North||Featured in the TV show Ringer and the film The Great Hip Hop Hoax|
|2012||"You Call This Your Home?"||The Broken Wave||Static Caravan|
|2013||"Can You Help Me" (with Erland Cooper)||Unreleased||Used in Bones (on the episode "The Shot in the Dark") and in Reign (on episode 10 on season 1, 30 January 2014)|
|2014||"Chloe"||Fabricstate||Featured in show Dates, winner of the 2013 Royal Television Society Award for Best Original Title Music|
|"Find Peace"||Single only||Recorded with Benge for "I Believe in Father Christmas" (Rebox)|
|2016||"Tidal Wave"||He's a Liquid EP (Metamatic Records)||Rebox cover of John Foxx's original|
|"All That Matters"||Single only||Released on 9 September 2016|
Performance / writing credits
|Yr||Release title||Artist(s)||Notes, role|
|2004||The Fake Death Experience||28 Costumes||Brass|
|2006||Smile... It Confuses People||Sandi Thom||Trombone, violin|
|2010||Let the Hard Times Roll||David Ford||Trombone, Violin|
|History of Modern||Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark||Organ, vocals (background)|
|Fire Like This||Blood Red Shoes||Violin|
|In Modern History||Jim Moray||Vocals on "Jenny of the Moor"|
|2011||Last Days of Meaning||Nitin Sawhney||Vocals and the remix (rebox)|
|2014||Closing Time||Erland and the Carnival||Writer|
|Culture of Volume||East India Youth||Violin, string arrangements|
|2016||"Diagram Girl"||Beyond the Wizards Sleeve||Vocals|
|"The Soft Bounce"||Vocals|
|2017||A Kind Revolution (deluxe edition)||Paul Weller||Strings on Remix "Wo See Mama"|
- 2011: TeZukA by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – several tracks using hand-punched music
- 2012: Compass (Sadler's Wells Theatre) – co-composed with Tal Rosner
- 2012: Anna Karenina soundtrack – several tracks
- 2013: Dates - title music
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