Hannah Peel

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Hannah Peel
Hannah Peel.jpg
Peel in 2016
Background information
Birth nameHannah Mary Peel
Born (1985-08-27) 27 August 1985 (age 33)
OriginCraigavon, Northern Ireland
  • Singer-songwriter
  • composer
  • arranger
  • instrumentalist
Associated actsThe Magnetic North, John Foxx and the Maths

Hannah Mary Peel (born 27 August 1985 in Craigavon) is a Northern Irish artist, producer and composer. 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 second solo album Awake but Always Dreaming[1] 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.[citation needed]

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 PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial Festival as part of Hull Capital of culture and at the Southbank Centre in London. The album Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia was released in July 2018.

Music career[edit]

Performer/orchestral arranger/session musician[edit]

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, Paul Weller, Wild Beasts, Blancmange.


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)[edit]

In February 2014, Peel released the EP Fabricstate, which features the song "Chloe", as featured in the British television series Dates.[10] 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.

Scores, dance[edit]

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. In 2018, Peel was featured on BBC Radio 4 as part of their portrait series.[2]


Some of Peel's music has been described as a cosmic colliery synth sound[3] or wonky pop.[4]



with The Magnetic North

  • 2012: Orkney: Symphony of The Magnetic North (Full Time Hobby)
  • 2016: Prospect of Skelmersdale (Full Time Hobby)

with John Foxx and the Maths

with Beyond the Wizards Sleeve

Solo albums[edit]

Year Title Details
2011 The Broken Wave[5]
2016 Awake but Always Dreaming
  • Released: 23 September 2016
  • Label: My Own Pleasure
  • Format: CD, digital
2017 Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
  • Released: 22 September 2017
  • Label: My Own Pleasure
  • Format: CD, digital


with Philippe Cohen Solal and Mike Lindsay (Tunng)

  • 2015: Henry J. Darger (Ya Basta Records)

Solo EPs[edit]

Year Title Details
2010 Rebox
  • Released: 8 February 2010
  • Label: Static Caravan
  • Format: CD, digital, vinyl
2013 Nailhouse
  • Released: 22 April 2013
  • Label: Mitcham Submarine
  • Format: digital, white 7" vinyl
2014 Fabricstate
  • Released: 24 February 2014
  • Label: My Own Pleasure
  • Format: digital, red 10" vinyl
2015 Rebox 2
  • Released: 20 July 2015
  • Label: My Own Pleasure
  • Format: digital, CD


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)

Solo singles[edit]

Year Title Album Details
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[edit]

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)
2013 Charge David Ford Violin
2014 Closing Time Erland and the Carnival Writer
Morning Rhodes Trombone, violin
2015 Wishes
Culture of Volume East India Youth Violin, string arrangements
2016 "Diagram Girl" Beyond the Wizards Sleeve Vocals
"Creation" Vocals
"The Soft Bounce" Vocals
2017 A Kind Revolution (deluxe edition) Paul Weller Strings on Remix "Wo See Mama"
2018 LUMP LUMP Trombone



  1. ^ Carroll, Jim. "Hannah Peel: Awake But Always Dreaming – Rich, detailed and beguiling". Irish Times. Irish Times. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Hannah Peel series 3". BBC UK. BBC UK. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Gabe. "Pazz & Jop Comments: Further Listening". Village Voice. Village Voice. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Hannah Peel". Spectator UK. Spectator UK. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Hannah Peel". Spectator UK. Spectator UK. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

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