I have a certain admiration for independent artists doing their own thing, and staying true to themselves. One such artist is New York born and now UK based Annie Dressner. And not only does she make the music, but does the publicity as well!
Annie plays really down to earth, laid-back folk, and given her American background, and now being based in the UK, it makes for a cool folk melange. The laid-back aspect is especially true on her just released new EP East Twenties, whereas her debut album from 2011, Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names , had a few more up-tempo tracks. Vocal-wise, I would say she in not too far from Caitlin Rose. And as Caitlin Rose’s voice works great for country (read: real country music), Annie’s works great for folk.
East Twenties, like many musical endeavours these days, was crowd-funded over at PledgeMusic, and received 106% of its goal! The drive is over, but you can still give it a listen and pick up a copy, physical or digital at her Bandcamp site.
If you are in the UK, be sure to watch for her on tour (link to dates) in the coming year!
|April 6, 2013||Squeeze Box Folk – The Alex, Southend-on-Sea, UK||7PM|
|April 9, 2013||The Slaughtered Lamb – London, UK — EP LAUNCH —||7:30PM|
|April 11, 2013||The Portland Arms – w/ Polly Paulsuma & Lottie Mullan – Cambridge, UK||8PM|
|April 12, 2013||Kontra Roots – Finedon, UK||8PM|
|April 19, 2013||Cambridge Folk Club “Special Guest” – Cambridge, UK||8PM|
|May 5, 2013||Rockwood Music Hall – New York City, NY||7PM|
|May 17-19, 2013||Shepley Spring Festival – Shepley, UK||TBA|
|May 24, 2013||The Cheese & Grain “Acoustic Plus” – Frome, UK w/ Paul Goodwin||7:30PM|
|May 25, 2013||The Studio Lounge – Totnes, UK||7:30PM|
|May 30, 2013||Shindig at CB2 – Cambridge, UK||7:30PM|
|May 31, 2013||High Barn – Essex, UK||7:30PM|
|June 6, 2013||Young & Lost Club at The Lock Tavern – London, UK||7:30PM|
|June 22, 2013||Grassington Festival “Special Guest” – Grassington, UK||TBA|
|June 23, 2013||Willowman Festival – Thirsk, UK||TBA|
|June 28, 2013||Ditch The TV at The Maudslay Pub – Coventry, UK||8PM|
|June 29, 2013||Cult Media Live Series at The Portland Arms – Cambridge, UK||7:30PM|
|August 15-18, 2013||Green Man Festival – Glanusk, UK||TBD|
|October 30, 2013||Ragged Trousered Folk – Hastings, UK||7:30PM|
|October 31, 2013||Uxbridge Folk Club – Middlesex, UK w/ Gren Bartley||7:30PM|
|March 28, 2014||Royston Folk Club – Royston, UK w/ Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby||7:30PM|