Annie Lou is the stage name of Anne Louise Genest, a songwriter, composer, and performer with a deeply-felt connection to older folk music traditions. With guitar and banjo in hand, she has spent years chronicling the rural and urban life paths of Canada, writing songs to tell the tales of the hard-hit, hard-won victories of these everymen and women. This is new music that is relevant to a modern audience but rooted in the musical traditions that grew out of communities where there was little separation between performer and audience - where everyone played something, or danced - and where music was clearly connected to the everyday lives of the people who played it.
The Annie Lou touring ensemble includes Canadian acoustic champs Andrew Collins, Max Heineman (both from Toronto's Foggy Hogtown Boys), and Sarah Hamilton – a tight instrumental and vocal unit that offers superb musicianship and an infectious delight in their craft. In live performance the band gallops along with joyful danceable precision, enticing audiences with twin fiddles, banjo, three and four part harmonies, call and response, and compelling instrumental solos.
Advance tickets available at roguefolk.bc.ca, Highlife Records, and Tapestry Music Vancouver.