Trevor Moss And Hannah-Lou

Husband and wife duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou are no strangers to the quirky world of English acoustica, having travelled the length and breadth of the isle seeking out tin tabernacles for intimate gigs with kindred spirits Pete Greenwood and Pepe Belmonte. They first cut their teeth in indie-folk troupe Indigo Moss before going it alone four years ago. We spend 30 seconds with them to find out how life's treating the duo...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 17 Jan 2014
  • min read
Husband and wife duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou are no strangers to the quirky world of English acoustica, having travelled the length and breadth of the isle seeking out tin tabernacles for intimate gigs with kindred spirits Pete Greenwood and Pepe Belmonte.

They first cut their teeth in indie-folk troupe Indigo Moss before going it alone four years ago to release a trio of acclaimed albums, including 2011’s Quality First, Last and Forever! for Heavenly Recordings.

The pair recorded their third set La Ferme De Fontenaille in the back of their campervan in the Loire Valley, with only their guitars, a Tascam four-track and some field recordings for help. The self-released album was paired with a short film detailing their exploits in rural France.

We recently caught up with Trevor to find out more about the duo’s musical past and to decipher the roots of their folky inspirations…

We first started writing music together because…
There's no real reason, why does anyone write music? We met in a kitchen at Art School - she played guitar and I bought one as an excuse to say hello. We started writing together almost immediately. The arrogance of youth, feeling you have something important to say that no one else has.

We have been making music together since…
2003 – 10 years ago. We had a band called Indigo Moss first. We were signed in our second year of college, released a record and did a lot of touring. We played as a duo throughout, but dropped the band for good just before we got married five years ago.

Our music is…
How we express ourselves, how we avoid awkward questions.

You'll like us if you listen to...
Anything that requires proper listening. We're not a song-and-dance act.

Our favourite venue is…
Any with a good audience, sat down, intimate. We played the Leeds City Varieties recently, an old gold lamé and red velvet theatre. Beautiful.

Music is important because…
It enables you to say what words alone cannot. Words are tools to describe the human condition, but thoughts and feelings are often not served well by them. The combination of well used words and music is the nearest way I've found to properly translate what is going on.

Our biggest inspiration is…
If you mean an individual, band, act, artist, writer, then no, we don't have a 'biggest one.' We write mainly observational songs. I'm not a big fan of music; I don't listen to a lot. I find more inspiration, or motivation, riding my bike than in anyone else's work.

Our dream collaboration would be…
We collaborate together every day. I don't really like working with other people. I'll never do a co-write with some hired-hand mercenary  that major labels are always trying to stick you in a room with, fly you to Nashville to come back with the meaningless drawl that so many do. Simon and Garfunkel would be fun, but generally no, I don't want to collaborate. I am a rock; I am an island.

To try us out, listen to our song…
For A Minute There or Proud Surrender


If we weren’t making music we’d be…
I would be cycling. Hannah-Lou would be wondering what to do.

www.trevormossandhannahlou.com