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Published January 31st 2013
Enjoy her original folk / pop tunes
Hannah Karyas is an impressive young woman. Her Facebook page refers to her as "a songwriter of sorts". She performed at the zoo recently, part of a Wednesday night line-up which also included the acid-blues sound of Little Blue Dogs; I was there to check it out.
Her set opened, with Hannah playing acoustic guitar and performing lead vocals, accompanied by an electric guitar and some beautiful vocal harmonies.
After a few tunes, the electric guitarist left the stage and there were two - Hannah with vocal harmony. Hannah's set was almost exclusively original tunes and her sound reminded me of Alanis Morisette (without the angst), and Regina Spektor. It was commented to me that there was some Kate Bush sounds happening too. I loved the energy the twosome put into their one cover tune Big Yellow Taxi, better known for the line "Don't it always seem to go; That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone; They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" (sing along now).
The harmony vocalist then left the stage, leaving Hannah to wow us with her solo performance, and I couldn't help but notice a lovely harmony between her guitar and her vocals. Hannah switched over to electric guitar and played another couple of tunes, before being rejoined by the other musicians, first the other guitarist, then her harmony vocalist. A beautiful performance overall.