Annie Lou: strings and storytelling

Group hits the road with Juno nominated album, heads for Harrison Hot Springs

Fresh on the heels of two Canadian Folk Music nominations and chart topping radio play with her new album Grandma’s Rules for Drinking, Annie Lou will be bringing original string band music on her CD release tour to the Harrison Memorial Hall, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.

Annie Lou is built around the original songwriting of Anne Louise Genest, who spent twenty years living in the Yukon woods. Now relocated to the balmier shores of Vancouver Island, Genest carries the spirit of an old storyteller inside her, and this voice, mixed with the string band sounds of fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass, traces a journey through days gone by to the here and now.

Genest founded Annie Lou after finding herself drawn to old time mountain and traditional country music.   It was in these older musical traditions that she found her muse and set out to explore her original music in the context of old time string band sounds.

“This music has a profound edge to it – there in the voices and in the playing is the lament we all carry as people trying to get by in this beautiful, terrible world”, says Genest. “Joy and grief are two sides of the same coin. The older music expresses that tension so perfectly.”

Genest’s first outing as Annie Lou brought  2010 Juno and WCMA nominations, and this latest release,  “Grandma’s Rules for Drinking”, brought nominations for English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.  The album was at the top of the International Folk DJ charts for November, taking the #1 and #2 spots for top songs, as well as the top Canadian album spot, coming in at #2 on the international list in a tie with Iris Dement.

“Grandma’s Rules for Drinking” features beautifully crafted songs that range from rousing and boisterous to gentle and poignant.  They map a homescape of hard drinking grandmas, rural dancehalls, blue collar fashions, and the deep snows and silences of a Canadian winter.

Touring with Annie Lou are some of Canada’s finest acoustic musicians, including Genest (guitar, banjo, vocals), with Kim Barlow (banjo, guitar, vocals), Andrew Collins on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals and Max Heineman on double bass and vocals.  Collins, a multiple Juno nominee and founding member of some of Canada’s most celebrated string bands (including The Creaking Tree String Quartet) is an accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist.  Heineman is a vocalist and bass player known for his work with The Foggy Hogtown Boys, and Barlow is a well known Juno nominated singer-songwriter.

With such a powerhouse of a lineup, Annie Lou’s CD release tour promises to deliver great songwriting, great playing, and a really good old time!  Saturday, January 26 at the Harrison Memorial Hall.  Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664,  online at www.harrisonfestival.com or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, or Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.

Just Posted

AESS senior girls eyeing spot in basketball provincials

The team needs to move up one more ranking get a place in the championships

Agassiz man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Chilliwack Chief Harrison Blaisdell climbs Central Scouting Bureau rankings

The 17 year old forward is now drawing a second round grade as CSB releases its mid-term list.

Classical paired with folk for Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra’s winter concert

Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky in America at G.W. Graham theatre

Community artists, amateurs wanted to create Kent anniversary logo

The 125th anniversary committee is hoping to choose a logo designed by the community

VIDEO: Harrison sailor looking for competitors to race model boats

Bernhard Van Velze is hoping to create a club for model sailboats at Harrison Lake

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Giuliani clarifies comments about Trump Tower Moscow project

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani clarifies comments he made

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

VIDEO: 11-year-old violinist practices for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut

Cloverdale student Da-Wei Chan will perform Jan. 31, Feb. 28 with the VSO

Parole granted for drunk driver that killed BC RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Most Read