Wide Sky Release

Hi everyone,

I’m in the middle of going through some diagnostic treatment (culminating in surgery, again, on 31st October) which means I’m going to be out of action for a few weeks here and there. This means that I’m going to have to push back the release date of the album to the 12th January 2018. 

I’m really sorry for the delay, hopefully it will all be nothing and life will be able to carry on as normal!

I’ll still be performing in Berlin on the 18th November, 'Tunes In The Chapel' on the 24th November and The Long Street Blues Club on the 25th November, but may well have to pause any dates in December depending on the outcome.  

In the meantime I'll be releasing ‘Evolution’ as a single on the 24th November to tide you all over!

Anna x

English National Opera

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Yesterday Jez & I welcomed Claire Mitcher, Rebecca Stockland, Allan Adams and Ronald Nairne who are memebers of the English National Opera (ENO!) to Skyline Studios in Ashford (Middlesex). You'll be hearing their beautiful voices on three tracks on the new album 'Wide Sky'. What an amazing day! For more info and special behind the scenes footage: 

 https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/widesky

The Round London

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Well this was an absolute pleasure! Who knew playing in London could be so inspiring and exciting?! 

Yesterday I was one of three writers performing at the songwriters night 'The Round' at Rollingstock in Hoxton. I was lucky enough to share the stage with musical legend Phil Ryan (who's played with Johnny Cash and The Animals), and the very talented Anna Pancaldi.  

We each talked about our writing process and played some of our songs. Not only was it fun (the three of us had quite a laugh on stage), it was intimate and fascinating. Such a great night. More of these please! 

Anna 

Tunes In The Chapel has been moved!

As some of you may be aware from the various social feeds, I had to go in for rather a big operation on Tuesday (out of action for a couple of weeks, then I'll be fighting fit again!). With this and few other things in mind such as the long summer holidays, I've decided to move 'Tunes In The Chapel' to a more appropriate time...the day of my album release! Well, why not? Close to Christmas, nice, dark and earthy feeling... perfect for a candlelit acoustic extravagance, and a great time to celebrate the place where a lot of the new album was written, i.e.: home. Ticket links are the same, it's still the same great line up, however we'll be joined by some of the Syrian and Iraqi musicians who are performing on Wide Sky so it really will be a once in a life time celebration of music. I'd love it if you could come and join us! Anna x

 https://www.wegottickets.com/event/402958

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Write & Record

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Say hello to Linda! She's one of my wonderful pledgers who pledged towards the new album and opted to come and write and record with Jez and I! She flew over from Ireland this week especially! I've been in the studio with her the last couple of days, working on one of her songs 'To Be a Woman'.  Today we (including 'studio dog') took our pre-production and arrangement over to Skyline with Jez and came away with a rather lovely finished song (which is currently stuck in my head, good sign Linda!). It's been a very busy, but productive two days! It's also been lovely to meet one of my brilliant fans in person! 

Darbuka!

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Here’s Rami and I in the studio at Surrey Arts HQ in Guildford recording some Darbuka on three tracks for Wide Sky! This guy is such an amazing player! While chatting he told me he’s only just started playing again since his family was forced to flee the violence in Syria seven years ago! Wow…. He’s such an inspirational individual, with a real love and passion for music. It was an absolute honour to work with him, and I can’t wait for you to hear the results! 

Tunes In The Chapel

I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be putting on another special candlelit acoustic music night at St. Peter's Church in Old Woking on the 23rd September!

The last one was an absolute joy, with some amazing acts in an absolutely stunning location! This year we have  
Woking-based 'Sour Kix' who have been championed by Chris Evans appearing at Carfest North and South for BBC Children in Need as well as performing on TFI Friday!

Southampton 'folk bird' Lucy Kitchen who's played across Europe and at Glastonbury Festival!

Plus the newly formed Hampshire-trio featuring singer songwriter
Nick Tann, The Nick Tann Trio who have been enjoying BBC6 Music airplay recently!

As well as yours truly! I'll be premiering new songs from 'Wide Sky' so don't miss it! 

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/402958

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