'I'm Alive'

Hi all,

I'm very pleased to announce that a co-write I've done with Portuguese producer Andie Kross (Atlantic Portugal) is now available to download and stream from all the usual outlets! If you love House music and EDM, you'll love this! It was a lot of fun to write. Here's the official video! 



All change!

This weekend saw a very successful photoshoot with local Guildford photographer Phil Mitchell (Philm) in a bluebell wood (it's not as cold as its looks!). Here's a sneaky peak. Over the next few weeks you might notice some changes to the website/Facebook/Twitter feed as I slowly make the transformation and move towards the new EP and the move towards doing more commercial composition. As always let me know your thoughts! :)

Update on new materail!

Hi all,

I've been asked in a few radio interviews I've done lately, if or when the next lot of new materiel will be making an appearance.....I'm pleased to say that yes! There will be a new EP of four tracks (possibly five, depending on budget!) preliminarily titled 'Colour Me In' coming your way at the beginning of 2016. It's a bit of a slow long process, and I have no idea how I'm going to translate these songs live with an acoustic guitar as yet (loop pedal?) as the process has been quite different to anything I've done before! I've found myself glued to Bass! But I'm pleased with what's coming out so far, and in the interests of getting it absolutely right, and respecting the sound of the last album,  I'm not rushing it. Hence the long release date! I will be looking at releasing the first single 'Obsession' in the Autumn of this year, complete with video so hopefully that will wet your taste buds! :)

Now, to whittle down 17 tracks to 4 or 5 <gulp>......

Anna x

London Voiceover

Hi all,

You may have heard a familiar voice on your radio recently.....well I'm pleased to announce that I'm now in the business of voice overs and sing overs (as well as the usual session work) for radio and TV! Working with two companies,  New Noise Audio and London Voiceover. If you want to have a listen listen to what I've been up to you can view one of my profiles here:

http://www.londonvoiceover.co.uk/anna-neale/


2015....Eek!!


I've been slightly delayed in my first blog of 2015 due to the dreaded lurgy (honestly, what is this thing???). So here's my first chance to have a proper look at the date and realise that 2015 is the ten year (??!!) anniversary of quite a few pinnacle events in my now well established music career, how to make you feel old eh? And where to start?! Well.....I guess firstly with SXSW, yes 2005 was the first of many trips I made over the the US starting with that rather wonderful festival back in March at the tender age of 23, don't I look young? It wasn't the only trip I made that year, 2005 was the year for traveling, with an impromptu trip to Barcelona, a writing trip to Switzerland with THS Music and another US performance and writing session in Boston. Yep, it was quite a year, I can't believe it was that long ago!

Onwards and upwards, 2014 was a great year for gigs and I had a blast performing at You Bloom, The Sound Lounge, the Round Church, supporting John Wheeler, and at the Classics events I played at. I also had some great exposure through BASCA for 'River Man'. A huge thank you to all of you who have been a part of it!

2015 will be there year of some new material which is waiting in the wings, I've just got to work out what to do with it.........

x

Christmas Eve Eve

Very pleased to announce that I'll be supporting Ethan Ash at the beautiful mediaval round church in the centre of Cambridge 23rd December. This is a stunning gig with some amazing acoustic music surrounded by candle light (not to mention the beautiful setting itself!). Ethan's well known for being Ed Sheerans support on his + tour, aswell as supporting Passenger and Seth Lakeman  so don't miss out! 

Festival of Ancient Tales & John Wheeler (Hayseed Dixie) Support this weekend!

It's a double whammy in Oxford this weekend, kicking off this Friday (3rd Oct) at the 'Festival of Ancient Tales' 3.15-7pm at the East Oxford Community Classics Centre at Cheney School. This event is FREE and features Carol Ann Duffy, Tom Holland and the wonderful Caroline Lawrence. If you're around (and have children, they would love it) then do come along. It looks spectacular. I'll be performing every half hour or so on rotation throughout the event between talks in the reception area, talking about the songs and the inspiration behind them. For more details: 

http://www.eoccc.org.uk/festival-of-ancient-tales

 
On the Saturday (4th Oct)  I'll be supporting John Wheeler from Hayseed Dixie at The Cellar in Oxford. Tickets can be purchased from here:

 http://www.cellaroxford.co.uk/event/john-wheeler


New music & River Man changes

Hi folks,

Now that the gig season is calming down I thought it might be time to give you an update on 'camp Neale'.

I've had a lot of people ask me at recent gigs about new recordings. I am planning, at some point, to release an EP. However the demands of two little ones, ill health, a PhD proposal, general teaching and gigging have rather put the brakes on my creativity at the moment, and while I am writing slowly, I've only come up with one or two songs which I feel will match or bring anything to what I've already done with 'River Man'. I'm hoping to stretch my creative wings a bit by doing some co writing and working on projects completely different from what I do.  I guess what I'm saying here is bare with me.....

On another important note, you may notice that the sound of the title track of 'River Man' changes slightly over the next week or so. The song as it stands uses a three second sample of 'The Dreaming' by Kate Bush, and while Jez and I did look into getting clearance for the track at the time in 2012, we weren't able to identify who it was we were meant to speak to (thanks to some misadvise on the phone from EMI publishing at the time.). Thanks to some now well placed friends in the industry I've manged to email and submit the relevant forms but there are some pretty heftily restrictions in place IF we get clearance. I really don't want to annoy or upset anyone here so the sample has been removed. The track and album are currently being remastered by the wonderful Dave Blackman. The change isn't that noticeable but for my piece of mind, it's worth it. I hope you all still enjoy it and it's meaning the same.

Anna x

Tonight! Roadtrip and The Workshop, London

Tonight I'm playing as part of a special show at Roadtrip and The Workshop on Old Street in London, supporting Australian Country Artist Aleyce Simmonds. Also on the bill are up and coming singer songwriter Fable (who Russ and Paul are working with) and Tom Bem. Entrance is free (a rarity for London)  so come along for a great night of free entertainment and talent! 

Four shows in two days.....

A slightly manic weekend (and week)! Kick started yesterday with a gig at wonderful Sound Lounge at Merton Abbey Mills for their 'Music and Marshmallows' night. A fab night as always guys, thank you!
Today I'm playing at the Woking Food Festival at 1.30pm in Gloucester Square and 2pm at Commercial Way. It's always a busy event full of amazing food and free demonstrations by top chefs (which as someone who would quality for 'diasterchef' I'm not sure means that much to me but hubby enjoys it!). The Phoenix Culture Centre are staging the music events again this year so a huge thank you to Eliane and co!
This evening I'll be playing at the launch of Graham Steels music company at the South Hill Park Arts Centre in the Atrium at 7pm. Phew! And it's not over yet! Big show on Wednesday in London which I'll save for tomorrow's post.....
Anna x

BASCA Magazine

Hi all,

I'm so, so pleased to announce that I'm going to be featured as a full page advertorial in the BASCA magazine in two weeks time! This is all thanks to an opportunity that I applied for through the musical networking site 'Music Gateway' and I'm stoked! If you're a member of BASCA keep your eyes out for it. Hopefully it'll direct more people to 'River Man' and all the hard work that my 'team' of fabulous musicians, photographer John, producer Jez and I have put in. Made my week!

Anna

Guildford Fringe launch party!

I'm very pleased to announce that tonight I'll be guesting with the very wonderful Ukejam at The Boileroom for the launch party of the Guildford Fringe Festival! And if that wasn't enough we'll be raising money for Phil Mitchell who's about to embark on a trip for Mission Rabies. It's free so come on down for one of the biggest parties of the year!


Codes for free download....

I've had word that some of you are having trouble with the free You Bloom download on Bandcamp (In that Bandcamp are not issuing the code on the download - tech eh?). So here's a bunch of them!
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Free download for You Bloom 2014!


Tomorrow I'll be heading off to play at the wonderful You Bloom music festival and conference in Dublin! This year it's even better as the gigs are free! So if you're in Dublin, come down to The International on Wicklow Street (Sat 14th June), I'll be on at 8.55pm, I can't wait!

To celebrate I'm giving away 200 free downloads of my new single 'Who Could Say' here: http://annaneale.bandcamp.com/yum

Better get in quick! Anna X

You Bloom 2014, Dublin

This Saturday I'll be flying over the emerald isle to perform at The International bar on Wicklow Street in Dublin for this years You Bloom festival.

Entrance to the gigs this year is FREE and the line up is better than ever! I'll be on stage at 8.55pm. If you're about, or just fancy an excuse for a weekend away, come along! I can't wait! http://www.youbloom.com/gig-schedule/



London Calling

Hi all,

I've got two very special gigs next weekend which see me performing in London for the first time in a long while (very decadent of me these days!).

THE COVER UP presents Paul Simon's Graceland



The first of these is a special night devoted to Paul Simon's 'Graceland's' album, where 10 other bands/musicians and myself will be re-interpreting the songs at The Good Ship in Kilburn. I've never done one of these before but I've heard wonderful things about it and can't wait to perform one of the many songs I've loved since I was a child. Tickets are available now at a bargain £4. Please do come along and help us bring one of the best albums of all time back to life!
http://www.thegoodship.co.uk/whats-on/events/1-may-14-the-cover-up-presents-paul-simons-graceland-the-good-ship/


The Sound Lounge Festival

 I'm also really pleased to announce that I'll performing at the wonderful Sound Lounge Festival near Wimbledon on 4th May at 2pm. The Sound Lounge are a shining light in promoting talent in and around London and I can't wait to play. The event is free and runs all day.
http://www.mertonabbeymills.org.uk/index.php/directory/theatre-music/77-the-sound-lounge

Hope to see you there!

Anna x