Alternative singer/songwriter Hannah Peel was born in Northern Ireland, and began her musical career playing the fiddle in her father's band. At the age of 18, she attended Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, where she developed her violin, trombone, and piano skills. Following session work for Sandi Thom, she became a backing musician and collaborator for Easyworld's David Ford, the Unthanks, Blue Roses, John Foxx and the Maths and Duke Special, and led the 13-piece Kinetic Fallacy on a headline slot at the Big Chill Festival. Following support from BBC Radio 6 Music DJs Marc Riley and Stuart Maconie, she released an '80s covers EP, Rebox, and began work on her debut album. Produced by Tunng's Mike Lindsay and with strings arranged by Nitin Sawhney, The Broken Wave was released through Static Caravan Records in 2011.