The gigs are pouring in, i'm booked for 57 already this year and that's only up to October!
Had a great last few months working on some brand new tracks recorded at Fell Side Records. I then had a great friend, and professional music engineer, Nick Ager, mix and master them at his brand new studio Aloha Recording & Productions. Check it out at www.aloharecording.com :)
I had such a great time recording and working on these tracks along side Andy Liles (Piano), Rees Fisher (Drums & Percussion) and Nathaniel Clegg (Bass).
To have a listen to the tracks head over to my Sound Cloud at www.soundcloud.com/annemariequinn
So there's some exciting dates coming up over the next few months... I'm really excited to have been booked again for The Keswick Mountain Festival (15th and 16th May) Last year was awesome, and sooo looking forward to supporting Badly Drawn Boy on the Friday night. Badly Drawn Boy were the first ever group I saw at a festival when I was 14, and now I'm very proud to be playing with them!
Tickets can be found for the weekend at: www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk
I'm also playing at Solfest this year on Saturday 29th August on the same line up as The Skints, who I lovveee! This year i'll be on The Bar Stage :) You can get tickets from www.solfest.org.uk
I'll also be announcing some brand new London dates very soon, including a set a The Bedford Live, which I can't wait for. Also in the middle of getting some dates booked over in Amsterdam for later on in the year too; I'll keep all the info about it up to date on here!
It's going to be a crazy summer; i'm getting married! Everyone keeps asking if i'm going to be singing at my own wedding... NO! I'm having a day off! The music and the bar is sorted and that's all that really matters!
Seen some great gigs this year already too. I make sure to take some time out and actually go and watch gigs; it's so easy to get wrapped up critically in music and performing when you're doing it all the time. I think it's really important to take a step back and go to watch and emjoy other artists. I'm a huge huge fan of Paul Simon, I grew up with the 'Graceland' album on repeat in our house! My Dad and I went to Manchester on 13th April to see him and it was just amazing, and so strange to have been listening to someone for 20 years, then hearing them live, it was really surreal. Great inspiration!
Andy and I also went to see The Wombats over in Newcastle last week and had such a great night. What I love about The Wombats is the sound they make is great, and there's only three of them. It's so easy to bring in other musicians and split up parts and add other instruments (arguably making a band become lazy rather than enhancing the sound) but by keeping the group to just the three members, the amount of hard work they put in really raises the energy. They played solidly and each instrument was used to its full potential; if you shut your eyes you'd think you were listening to a five piece. Love them :)
Heading off tonight for set down at a place called WaterEdge Inn in Ambleside. It's an awesome venue right on the edge of the lake (hence the name...) looking out at the mountains, I could play in there everynight!