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Born and raised in Sussex, Anne grew up in a musical family and was given classical training on the piano by her parents, later taking up the violin and spending her school years in various orchestras and choirs. After a break for university, travel, and three years living in rural northern Japan, she settled in Croydon where she sang with local choirs before embarking on her own songwriting journey in 2008.
Over the next seven years she taught herself the guitar, explored vocal techniques, started performing, and honed the acoustic soundscape that characterised These Hours, her first studio album, in 2015. Finding a warm welcome in a local scene bustling with proficient guitarists and experienced storytellers, she picked up new influences that were predominantly from the folk scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as more traditional and modern folk, roots and blues. In 2018 she released her second full album Beacon alongside an acoustic collection called Half-light, with a double launch night on home turf at Croydon’s Oval Tavern.
Comparisons for Anne’s tender yet powerful vocals have been drawn from across the board, including Tracy Chapman, Carole King, Joan Armatrading, Eva Cassidy, Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell – not by any means limited to Anne’s primary influences.
Her songs are - as she is - preoccupied with themes of time, movement, distance, connection, light, and, above all, raw and genuine emotion. She has travelled widely and the visceral effect of the places she has visited, and the emotional currency of nature, permeate her writing. Her live performances are quietly disarming, unique and intimate opportunities to see the workings of a songwriter’s mind and soul up close.
Anne performs regularly close to home around the Surrey/Kent border and across the home counties. Growing recognition for her work has seen her playing further afield and opening for artists such as Steve Pledger, Knight & Spiers, and Phil Beer, winning the backing of multiple BBC and local radio programmes (see Press page for further details).
She has written and sung for a range of artists including Wizz Jones and Pete Berryman (Come What May), local superstar Chloe Ray, and collective Calling For Serenity. She has released joint projects with American singer-songwriter Rob Anderson (of the Wayne Drury Project) and chromatic harmonicist Stephen Nurse, and plays viola with Croydon-based band Sarabande Stone. She has more solo and band work in the pipeline, with a piano trio EP Reckless Heart set for release in the autumn of 2018.