Culture Night Armagh 2015

Posted on 24/07/2015
The Hanna Sisters will close Culture Night 2015. They will play in the Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre Armagh at 9.30pm. 

You can watch the girls on Irish TV - Armagh Matters Series 12

Posted on 07/09/2014
Click on the link below for Armagh Matters Series 12

Irish TV recorded the Hanna Sisters performing a Bob Dylan number 'Forever Young'.

Posted on 23/07/2014
The performance and interview with presenter Catherine Grimley will be shown in a few weeks on Sky 191, Freesat 400 and online at

Giro D'Italia 2014 pre-race Concert in Armagh City

Posted on 23/04/2014

The Hanna Sisters will be taking to the stage on the Mall, Armagh for the pre-race Concert on Saturday 10th May at 7.30pm.

Armagh Culture Night 2013

Posted on 03/08/2013
The Hanna Sisters will again perform at Armagh City Culture Night on Friday 20th September.  You can catch the girls in the Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre at 9.30pm.

Fabulous finale to Armagh City Culture Night

Posted on 26/09/2012
On Friday the Hanna Sisters closed Culture Night to a packed house in the Marketplace Theatre.
This is the first year Armagh City hosted Culture Night. It was a huge success. There was a real buzz around the city and showcased local talent. Plans are being made for 2013.

The girls performed at the launch of Culture Night

Posted on 02/09/2012
The launch of Armagh City & District Culture Night took place in the Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre on Friday Night.

The Hanna Sisters performed three songs and two instrumentals to a large number of invited guests and media at the launch.

Armagh Culture Night

Posted on 08/08/2012
On Friday 21st September 2012 the girls will perform in The Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh.

The Hanna Sisters will be participating in Armagh Culture Night. This year, for the first time, Armagh City & District  is taking part in Culture Night. Locals and visitors across Ireland will enjoy a free night of entertainment. The Hanna Sisters will be performing in the unique experience of Culture Night.

The Hanna Sisters music is highly recommended for Irish Wedding

Posted on 06/08/2012
Read the article by Ailish McDonnell, Wedding Planner for 'Keep Calm & Marry On' on how to plan an Irish Themed Wedding.
Check out the links below:-

EP reviewed in Hotpress Magazine

Posted on 26/03/2012
Jackie Hayden reviewed 'Prayer to Heaven' EP in his First Cuts Column.
'Prayer to Heaven' by The Hanna Sisters' was inspired by the death of the girls' father from Leukemia. Arranged with Cormac O'Kane and Pat Gribben, Mary Hanna takes the lead vocal on a heartfelt tune with emotive lyrics that come with country, trad and folk overtones. The track is also adorned by classy fiddle-playing from Breige Hanna and topped by the sisters' delectable harmonies. The CD also features their take on the trad tune 'Mna na hEireann'.Dominated by tin whistle and violin, it's a very wistful version which suggests that maybe someday they'll make an instrumental trad album.

The Hanna Sisters interviewed on Q Radio

Posted on 26/03/2012
The girls were guests on the Tim Burden 'Q Weekend Cafe' show on Saturday 24th March.
Tim started the interview by playing the current single 'Prayer to Heaven'. They talked about their musical background and future recording plans. The played two songs live, 'Same Language' and 'Hotline to your Soul'.

Sell out show in Marketplace Theatre, Armagh.

Posted on 03/03/2012
The show on Saturday 25th February was a great success.
The show in Armagh Marketplace Theatre was a great success.

Mary chats to Carolyn Stewart on U105 Radio

Posted on 18/02/2012
On Friday 17th February Mary was interviewed on the 'Lunch with Carolyn Stewart' programme.

In the weekly entertainments section Carolyn was jointed by Julian Simmons. Mary talked to them about the charity concert in Armagh and the new single.

Ulster Tatler website.

Posted on 14/02/2012
The Hanna Sisters are one of the features in the 'Latest News' section of Northern Ireland's No.1 Social Magazine website.
Click on the link below:-

Guests on BBC Radio Ulster ' Saturday Magazine' show.

Posted on 11/02/2012
The girls were guests with John Toal on his weekly programme.

John chatted to Mary, Nuala & Breige about their up and coming concert, their chosen charity and their new EP. He gave the title track - 'Prayer to Heaven' its first playing on the airwaves! They concluded the interview with a live performance of 'Just Because'

E.P. release - 'Prayer to Heaven'.

Posted on 05/02/2012
On Monday 13th February the Hanna Sisters will release a new two track EP – ‘A Prayer to Heaven’.
The title track is a song which combines the emotion, vocal harmonies and superb musicianship the Hanna Sisters bring to all their recordings. The second track is a rendition of the haunting Irish air – fittingly enough for a three piece sister act- Women of Ireland (Mna na hEireann).

Studio Time.

Posted on 17/01/2012
The girls have been working on a two track EP with Cormac O'Kane of Rhubarb Recording Studios.
Over the past three months the girls have been working on new material. They plan to release an EP at the start of February.

Tickets go on Sale for Charity Concert.

Posted on 20/11/2011
You can now purchase tickets for the 'Northern Ireland Leukemia Research Fund' charity concert on Saturday 25th February, in Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh.
Tickets can be purcahsed at the box office 028 3752 1821 or book on-line at:-

Sell out show in Glenravel.

Posted on 20/11/2011
The Girls had a fantastic night with their Antrim fans.
The Hanna Sisters have built up a soild fan base in the Glenravel area. They received a standing ovation as they left the stage after delighting the audience with a mixture of slow and up tempo folk, country and Irish music.

Girls are off to North Antrim again.

Posted on 07/09/2011
The Hanna Sisters return to Con Magee's GAC Community Hall on Saturday 12th November 2011.
Last December the girls enjoyed a great evening in Glenravel. They are looking forward to another lively night.

An E.P. release before the end of year!

Posted on 07/09/2011
Within the next few weeks the girls will be in the recording studio again.
They plan to release an E.P. of three/four original songs.

Charity Concert in The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh.

Posted on 08/08/2011
On Saturday 25th February 2012 the girls will fundraise for their charity - 'Northern Ireland Leukemia Research Fund'.
Today 'The Hanna Sisters' can announce a one off concert in Armagh in aid of 'Leukemia Research'. This is a charity close to the their heart as their Father passed away two and a half years ago from the disease.

New Songs.

Posted on 27/07/2011
The girls have been busy writing and arranging new material...
Over the summer months the girls have been busy working on new songs. They plan to record in the near future. Watch this space!

Con Magee's Glenravel.

Posted on 14/11/2010
The Girls are travelling North to Glenravel on Saturday 4th December.
Their acoustic set of instrumetals and songs is a mixture of their own material, popular and traditional songs. This promises to be a good night.

The Braid Theatre,Ballymena.

Posted on 19/10/2009
The Hanna Sisters next appearance will be on Thursday 22nd October in the Braid Theatre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.
The Hanna Sisters next appearance will be on Thursday 22nd October in the Braid Theatre, Ballymena where the girls will take to the stage as part of St. Patrick's School's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Nuala was once head of music in the school so it is only fitting that the girls lend their support to what will be a special night in the schools calendar.

Danish Acoustic Show.

Posted on 15/03/2009
The girls are currently rehearsing for their upcoming tour of Denmark.
This is the first time the girls are treating their Danish audiences to an acoustic set, with their unique sound it is guaranteed to be something special. The tour kicks off on Tuesday 12th May at 8pm in Hejlsminde.

Sudden Death of Richard Hanna

Posted on 15/03/2009

The Girls' Father Richard passed away on Monday 12th January 2009 after a short illness.

The girls wish to sincerely thank everyone who sympathised with them on their recent bereavement. We would especially like to thank all those who visited our home, attended the funeral, sent mass offerings, sympathy cards, letters of condolences, floral tributes or donations to Leukaemia research.

Below is an extract that appeared in the 'Newsletter' on Saturday 24th January 2009.

Reflections on Richard Hanna The farming communities of Armagh and Tyrone are much the poorer following the recent death of Richard Hanna. Born and bred in Maghery on the shores of Lough Neagh, he was a committed dairy farmer throughout his life. Indeed his earliest memory was that of being sent for out the cows by his father as a very young boy. Farming was much more than a business: it was a way of life from which Richard derived total satisfaction. He was also a well known and regular visitor to Portadown, Markethill, Dungannon and Clogher marts, providing a haulage service for farmers buying and selling livestock at these venues.

Not surprisingly, Lough Neagh also played a big part in Richard’s life. His ferry operation of many years’ standing linked the communities of Maghery and Derrylaughan. Hand power was the driving force behind a service which, for more than a generation, saved its many users both time and money when it came to travelling from Armagh to Tyrone - and vice versa.

Richard had a tremendous interest in all aspects of rural life. This was reflected in his deep love for horses and ponies. But he will be best remembered for his total generosity of spirit. When friend or neighbour was in trouble Richard would be the first person to lend a helping hand, no matter how busy he was at the time. His enthusiasm for life was infectious.

The large turnout of people from both communities for his recent funeral is testimony to the great respect in which Richard Hanna was held. They came to say goodbye to a true gentleman.    






Posted on 14/04/2008
The Hanna Sisters have just finished their new album, Echolocation.
It's an acoustic album featuring many of the girls favourites for many years.It also features two of their own songs, True Love and Hotline to your Soul.

Welcome Aboard

Posted on 13/04/2008
The spring edition of the P&O's 'Welcome Aboard' magazine features the Hanna Sisters .


Another successful tour...

Posted on 13/04/2008
The Hanna Sisters have just returned from another successful tour of Denmark...

Mary, Nuala and Breige certainly enjoyed their concerts, getting rapturous applause and responses from the Danes! This is now their eighth year visiting Denmark and the girls are already looking forward to their next one!

Danish Tour

Posted on 17/12/2007
Danish fans can once again look forward to another tour of the Hanna Sisters.
The tour starts on 12th March 2008 and for more details log into 'dates'. I't'll be over a year now since the girls, Mary, Nuala and Breige had their last successful tour of Denmark and all three are looking forward to entertaining once again as well as catching up with their fans.

New Album

Posted on 17/12/2007
The Hanna Sisters are currently working on a new album. It's an acoustic album featuring many of their classic favourites.
Like their last album'About Time', it is being recorded and co-produced by Rod McVey. It will be on sale in March 2008 and the girls hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as they have enjoyed making it!

William Carlton Summer School 080807

Posted on 04/07/2007
The Hanna Sisters will perform at a special night for the William Carlton Summer School.
Mary, Nuala and Breige will entertain the audience in Corick House, Clogher, Co.Tyrone on Wednesday 8th August 2007. For more information log onto The girls are looking forward to the night which is part of a writers residential.

Feature in Ulster Tatlers 'Perfect Interview'

Posted on 04/07/2007

Nuala features in the July 2007 edition of the Ulster Tatler.

The Ulster Tatler has an interesting interview with Nuala in their Perfect Interviews for the July 2007 edition. She is one of three high fliers profiled by Lara Salmon detailing their "perfect things". Read on

Playing for the Stars

Posted on 04/07/2007
The three girls have been kept busy over the last few weeks playing at a number of high profile functions.

On the 7th June Mary. Nuala and Breige provided the music at the wedding of Michael Mc Gurn trainer to the Irish Rugby team. Most members of the team were at the wedding including Captain Brian O'Driscoll and Manager Eddie O'Sullivan. According to the girls they scrummed oops scrubbed up well for the occasion !

On 28th June The girls also provided the music for the special guests and customers of the well-known entrepreneur Sean Quinn, in the Slieverussell Hotel.A good night was had by all.


U105 Carolyn Stewarts Nightbirds Party Nite

Posted on 04/07/2007
The Hanna Sisters enjoyed the craic with Carolyn and all the Nightbirds on Wednesday 20th June in UTV Studios, Belfast.

With Carolyn in top form, it was a Special evening of gossiping, singing along and music from the girls. All this gave the nightbirds a great nite out. Also appearing on the show was UTVs Linda Bryans who surprised the audience with a few trays of homemade muffins. The girls are already looking forward to the next party nite! View pictures on



SPECIAL APPEARANCE on U105s Carolyn Stewart Late Show

Posted on 04/06/2007

The girls are looking forward to another great nite with Carolyn.

On Wednesday 20th June, Mary, Nuala and Breige will make another appearance on the ever popular Carolyn Stewart's Late Show starting at 10pm. The Nightbirds Summer Party Show with a live audience will have a live performance from the three girls plus (without a doubt), the usual banter with Carolyn! There will also be live performances from other local bands, so a show not to be missed.



Posted on 04/06/2007

The girls will be appearing at the launch of Big Lough Sunday Festival, Maghery.

To be held on Monday 11th June at 7.30pm in Maghery's Sean McDermots club. The girls will be among some of the special guests including Armagh's GAA stars Diarmaid Marsden and Paul McGrane and many others.

BUSY SCHEDULE with Radio Interviews

Posted on 04/06/2007
The girls have certainly been busy with both radio and newspaper interviews over the last year.

Here are some of the most recent ones:

Mary & Nuala appeared on the Irish Music Programme with Paul Scanlon on Ocean FM Sligo - Sunday 6th May

On Saturday 5th May the three girls chatted to Candy Devine from Downtown Radio on the Afternoon Show

Q102 Derry - on the 8th May Nuala spoke with Holly on the Afternoon Show

Thursday 31st May Breige discussed recent fashion etc..Q102 Derry & Q101 Omagh/Enniskillen

BBC Radio Foyle, Derry the girls chatted to Eamon Friel on his Saturday Club Show, Saturday 19th May



ENNISKILLEN and DERRY DATES for the Maghery siblings

Posted on 24/04/2007
May sees the Hanna Sisters conclude their Irish tour in the Ardhowen in Enniskillen and The Millenium Studio in Derry
The trio bring their exciting live act to the two western towns and, having had a relatively quiet April are looking forward to the two gigs. "February and March were a little chaotic with the radio interviews and organising everything frm the backing musicians to the transport. We've a lot less pressure on at the moment and we're really looking forward to enjoying the gigs" said Nuala

RADIO PLAY FOR "About Time" delights the Hanna Sisters

Posted on 24/04/2007

The Hanna Sisters have expressed their delight at the response to their new album in the printed and audio media and the radio play recieved throughout Ireland.

They've certainly been busy with just some of their radio interviews listed below

  • West Access Radio Dublin on Music Session with Frank Phelan – Wednesday 14th March
  • Limerick 98FM on the Larry O’Loughlin Show – Sunday 18th March
  • KFM  on the Marie O’Riordan – Tuesday 20th March
  • U105 with Carloyn Stewart’s  BYO - Tuesday 20th March
  • Radio Kerry - Tuesday 20th March
  •  7FM – Lunchbox Show with Paul Dempster – Wednesday 21st March
  • Q97.2FM – Adrian Johnson Show - Wednesday 21st March
  •  City Beat Late Night Show with David Gordon – Thursday 22nd March
  • 7FM – Seven Arts Show with Rita McNulty
  •  Wired Radio Limerick with Mairead  – Tuesday 27th March
  •  Highland Radio with Paddy Keeney - Monday 2nd April



Posted on 24/04/2007

"February and March were a complete whirlwind, now we've had a break and are looking forward to the next two gigs"

Explained Mary when i caught up with them a couple of days ago. With a punishing round of gigs in Denmark and an Irish tour that saw them gigging from Coleraine to Listowel its no wonder that they took a break in April


Posted on 24/02/2007
The Hanna Sisters have certainly increased their media exposure on their latest Scandinavian tour.

Heres a list of some of their printed, ausio and visual interviews over the past month

Tues 19th Feb - Dagbladet Paper

Mon 20th - Radio Stevn  Local Radio Station at 5pm

Tues 20th- DR4 Regional National Danish Radio with Kurt & Soren at 2pm

Thurs 22nd Feb - TV2 Østjylland, 'The GUIDE DK' programme

Thurs 22nd - Radio Als with Trine

Fri 16th Feb - Dundalk FM Joe Duffy with Mary

Wed 7th Feb - UTV Live with Alison Fleming and Frank Mitchell

Tues 6th Feb - Clare FM. Cathy interviewed Breige



Posted on 24/02/2007
and look forward to the start of their Irish tour.

The Hannasisters have been braving all that the Scandinavian weather can through at them on their current tour. Despite battling 5ft snow drifts on their last two gigs in Lystryp and Frostrup the three Maghery singer/songwritesr have enjoyed the tour.

"We've been delighted with the gigs, we always try to have a lively and entertaining night and this was no exception. This time we also had the excitement of playing our new material and having really positive feedback" said Nuala backstage after the Frostrup date.


Posted on 24/02/2007
The Hannasisters are set to launch their album "About Time" at Armaghs Market place theatre...

on Wednesday28th February at the start of a nationwide Irish tour. Further dates are available from their website.

Jackie Hayden of Hot Press magazine had this to say about the album

The Hanna Sisters are from County Armagh and they regularly grace venues around northern Europe as well as here at home. They have a debut album called 'About Time' in production with Rod McVey, but from the tracks I've heard it'll make a crackling good pop-rock album with obvious trad nuances. 'In Time' sizzles over a solid beat, an infectious melody and some fine violin playing from Nuala Hanna. 'Hotline to your Soul' is more laid back with delicious harmonies and a gem of a chorus. 'Princes Port' ups the ante again and delivers a fine radio-friendly track. The Hanna Sisters offer us classy, intelligent pop songs, tastefully blended with their exhilarating Irish traditional musicianship, all topped off with their fine harmonies. Mainstream Irish radio needs records like this.


                                      Jackie Hayden, Hot Press Magazine 15th November



Posted on 05/02/2007
magazine. Leading Irish glossy "Image" magazine are to include an interview
and pictures taken recently in the luxurious surroundings of the Carton House Spa in Kildare. The March edition of the magazine is profiling some of Irelands up and coming female songwriting talent and the Armagh sisters shared a billing with Meteor award winner Luan Parle and Tara Blaise among others.


Posted on 05/02/2007
The Hanna Sisters latest release "Hotline to your soul" is currently enjoying extensive radio play.

The girls are appearing live on the Gerry Anderson show with John Toal, (Radio Ulster ) and George Jones (U105) on Thursday 8th Feb....Carloyn Stewart will be featuring the sister act sometime in March on her BYO show. They've already featured with Charlie Mc Gettigan(Shannonside), Ivan Martin (U105), Malachy Cush (Six FM), Michael Mc Namee (Radio Ulster), Robert Skates (Downtown) and Robbin Elliot of NVTV. Those of you who've caught these shows will also have been treated to live performances.


Posted on 05/02/2007

can't wait for them to arrive.The Hanna Sisters are to launch their new album "About Time" in Denmark on 17th Feb.

The Band are currently enjoying extensive  Danish Radio play of the single "Princes Port" which had its Danish release on the 15th January.The Hannasisters have lined up an extensive itinerary of live radio interviews and performances to coincide with their upcoming tour and ticket sales are reported to be brisk. More details of the tour can be found on the Dates section of this website

“I think we’re particularly looking forward to this tour as we’ve almost grown up musically with the people over there. They have a great appreciation of music and are already e-mailing their approval on the tasters we’ve left as downloads on the website.”

says Breige.

“We’re looking forward to catching up with old friends and maybe meeting some new ones who are coming to our music for the first time”



Posted on 05/02/2007

- "Hotline to your soul". The Hanna Sisters have finally settled on a second single release from their critically acclaimed soon to be released new album "About Time". "Hotline to your soul" will be the A track with "Starin' at me" the B track.

With a release date of 29th January and the single available exclusively from their own website the Armagh sisters are hopeful that the new single is as well received as their October release “Princes Port”.


The tracks continue the poppy theme prevalent throughout the album but the girls traditional roots are evident in the instrumentation and overall feel of the numbers. “Hotline to your soul” is (as the name suggests ) a more soulful and reflective number. “Starin’ at me” is a much more jaunty song and its not long before you’re drawn into the chorus.


For me the highlight as always with The Hanna Sisters is the simplicity and purity of the vocal harmonies, qualities no doubt honed over many years of playing and singing together. The quality of the production and backing musicianship is easily understood when you take the time to read the sleeve notes and see a who’s who of Irish musicians.


PRINCES PORT - Busy Promotion Schedule

Posted on 20/12/2006
The Hanna Sisters have had a busy schedule throughout December promoting their new single Princes Port on TV, Radio and the printed media.

Ivan Martin of U105, Marc Mallet of City Beat, Charlie Mc Gettigan of Shannonside Northern Sound, Radio Ulsters "Your Place and Mine"(Sat 23rd) are just some of those who have interviewed the Armagh singer/songwriters and had them in for live interviews and music. NVTV in Belfast carried a live interview with the Hannasisters and Sunday Life are running a profile on the sisters over the festive season. They've made it into the Hot Press annual and more interviews are scheduled over the next few weeks.

All in all Armaghs finest are delighted both with the interest shown and the reaction of all who have heard the single. 2007 promises to be an exciting year for the talented trio!!

HOTPRESS MAGAZINE 'Pick of the Fortnight' acclaim for Hanna Sisters

Posted on 12/11/2006
New single 'Princes Port' has been acclaimed as the prestigious pick of the fortnight in the 15th November edition of HotPress Magazine. It will be played by a host of radio stations.......
Tracks from our Demo of the Fortnight will be featured by Colm O'Sullivan on his Green on Red programme on Cork's Red FM(Sundays 7-10pm), Mike Knightson on his Limerick Green and Live on Limerick's Live 95 FM (Sunday nights 8-10pm), Liam Merriman on his programme The Secret Chord (Monday to Thursday 7pm-9pm) on WLR FM, The Sean Millar show on East Coast FM, Friday nights 10pm-12am Eva Staic on her The Irish Alternative on Spin 1038, Sunday nights 10.45pm 11.45am, Irish Beats presented by Rob O'Connor on Beat FM Saturday & Sunday 6 -8pm, and The Irish Connection on Wythenshawe FM presented by John Lowry Saturday 10am-12pm. Listen online at The featured band will also be in line for one of the Garage series of showcases.

HOTPRESS MAGAZINE - Jackie Hayden - Previews 'About Time'

Posted on 12/11/2006
In the latest edition of Hotpress Magazine Jackie Hayden gives 'About Time' an excellent review......
The Hanna Sisters are from County Armagh and they regularly grace venues around northern Europe as well as here at home. They have a debut album called 'About Time' in production with Rod McVey, but from the tracks I've heard it'll make a crackling good pop-rock album with obvious trad nuances. 'In Time' sizzles over a solid beat, an infectious melody and some fine violin playing from Nuala Hanna. 'Hotline to your Soul' is more laid back with delicious harmonies and a gem of a chorus. 'Princes Port' ups the ante again and delivers a fine radio-friendly track. The Hanna Sisters offer us classy, intelligent pop songs, tastefully blended with their exhilarating Irish traditional musicianship, all topped off with their fine harmonies. Mainstream Irish radio needs records like this.


Posted on 22/10/2006
The Hanna Sisters new single 'Princes Port' will be released on Monday 30th October 2006. B side will be 'My Angel Knows'......
both songs will feature in their forthcoming album. The single will be available exclusively from the Hanna Sisters website.


Posted on 22/10/2006
The Hanna Sisters are looking forward to their next tour of Denmark starting on Saturday 17th February 2007......
where they will renew acquaintances with their Danish followers. The Hanna Sisters Irish Tour will kick- off on Wednesday 28th February 2007 in their home county of Armagh in the Market Place Theatre. For further details visit 'Tour Dates' in the website.

New Album- 'About Time'

Posted on 22/10/2006
The new album 'About Time' will be released in early 2007.....
It was written by the girls over the last couple of years. The album was recorded at Rodzarc and Amberville Studios in Northern Ireland and produced by Rod McVey and the Hanna Sisters. Critical reaction to the early mix of the album has been positive. Jackie Hayden of Hotpress magazine.... 'The Hanna sisters offer classy, intelligent pop songs, tastefully blended with their exhilarating Irish traditional musicianship, all topped off with their fine harmonies. Irish radio needs records like this.' It will be available to buy in the shops as well as on-line.

Maghery GAA Centenary Gala Function

Posted on 22/10/2006
The Hanna Sisters will be performing at Maghery Sean McDermotts GAA 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner.....
in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 4th November 2007. Wishing the club a very successful and enjoyable night.