Hello and Happy New Year! 3 Months out but that's alright, it's my first blog of 2016!
I think this is a good time to write something; we're past that weird first part of a new year not really knowing what day it is, and constantly living in the dark and wet, trying to decide if we've had enough mulled wine yet or not. Here in The Lake District the weather's just been crap, it's not stopped raining since October... roll on summer!
I hope you're enjoying my new website... It's basically the same stuff, just a different colour!
Had such a great start to the year, even though it's been a bit tough. Andy and I were flooded at the start of December, and alot of venues I gig were flooded too. It felt like I went a very long time without playing! I think we delt with everything really well, and I got a song out of it too! It's not some kind of ballad about watching our wardrobe float off down the street - it's a real nice up beat song called 'Knock on a Window'. Head over to www.soundcloud.com/annemariequinn for a listen!
But other than the floods, it's been great! Played at a great festival at the start of Febraury called White Noise at Kendal Brewery Arts Centre... what a venue! This place is awesome! I've lived in The Lake District for 16 years, and I can't believe I had never been before. Not for not wanting to, it's just passed me by. It's a brilliant spot for arts, music, culture, film, poetry.... everything! If you're ever around here, go check it out.
Over the past year we've really got into New Orleans Brass (the best party music ever), and there's a brilliant group called the Hot 8 Brass Band. We saw them in Newcastle a few years ago, and we just found out that they're coming over to the UK again and are playing at Kendal Brewery Acts Centre. YES.
It's also been the year of BBC Introducing! It's been great, not only have I been featured on their radio shows, I was invited into the studio in the middle of February to record a live one hour set, which will be aired over the year. I had such a great time recording with the BBC and I'm so grateful for them having me. Radio recordings are a whole different thing to live gigs and even studio recordings. A completely different feel is needed, and the only way to do it is to try! Hopefully it sounded alright, you'll have to let me know!
It's really nice chilling and writing these blogs, and rather than just going on about what I've been up to, I think it's good to share music too. Over the last couple of months I've been in love with Newton Faulkner's new album, 'Human Love'. I've always been a huge fan of his music ever since his first album 'Hand Built By Robots' back in 2005, just when I was really getting to know my music and playing style. This album was a big influence for me. His new album's just the same, I love it! For me, it feels like he's gone back to songwriting being the main focus. It's such a good album. Although it's funny how different people like different versions of songs. So for example, there are two songs that I have had on repeat; 'Up Up and Away' and 'Far to Fall'. The tracks on the album itself are great, but I much prefer a live version of each I came across on Youtube. They're way more stripped back and I think Faulkner's vocals become the real focalc point. Anyway, have a listen for yourself and see what you think! I'm going to see him in April, I can't wait!
'Up Up and Away' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miNRxq_uQBA
'Far to Fall' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfJlJY9yK6A
So, what's coming up? I've got some great dates lined up over the next few months!
I'm very excited to have been asked back again to perform at this years Keswick Mountain Festival along side Scouting for Girls and Toploader. I can't wait! I'm on Saturday 21st May, head over to http://www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk/ for tickets. Also, last summer when I performed at Chris Evan's Car Fest, i was invited to perform on the Main Stage at this year's Vintage Nostalgia Festival taking place 3rd, 4th &5th June, Wiltshire. I'm so grateful to have been asked to perform, i've never been to a Vintage Festival before, it's going to be great! Check them out at http://www.vintagenostalgiashow.co.uk/
They're just a couple of things I'm at, I'll keep my LIVE section up to date for you to check out too!
It's great having lots of bookings, while keeping everything chilled and seeing where the year takes us...