We are pleased to have Vancouver Island’s Anne Louise Genest sharing square dance calling this year on Saturday night. A Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Anne Louise is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who uses a palette of old folk, oldtime, and country and bluegrass music to paint a vibrant landscape, delivered with a vocal warmth evocative of the sweet tones of Kate and Anna McGarrigle blended with the raw emotion of Hazel Dickens. We laugh, cry, dance, reflect and connect with ballads, tunes, and songs inspired by our lives and times and ups and downs.
Although Annie Lou draws deep from the well of tradition, hers is new music relevant to a modern audience, that finds its inspiration in a time when there was little separation between performer and audience – where everyone played something, or danced to it – and where music was deeply connected to the everyday lives of the people who played it.
End Zone, Annie Lou’s latest release, is a gorgeous collection of new songs., most written during the last months of her mother’s life,. The title track is a deeply moving exploration of that time when the end is near, but not quite. This is not a sad record – if anything it is celebratory and full of moments in which listeners can recognize themselves.
Produced by Andrew Collins, the album features a guest cast of Canadian acoustic innovators, including Collins on mandolin and guitar, Max Heineman on upright bass and vocals, Sarah Hamilton on fiddle and vocals, John Showman and Trent Freeman on fiddle, Frank Evans on banjo, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, and Ivan Rosenberg on dobro.