Besides playing Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh on May 22 at 6:30 pm, we have another exciting gig coming up at the Casbah in Durham on 5/27, 8 pm, with the talented Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sarah Lou Richards who is currently on a solo tour. Casbah will be set up house-concert style so it will be an intimate and fun night full of great songs. And admission is free! So come on out. Check out one of Sarah’s songs (as well as her amazing voice) below.
Hey y’all, here’s a sad mushy love song I wrote recently – ON THE PIANO. I should mention I don’t really play piano It’s called “I Wish” – I hope to be recording this one in the studio soon. Hope y’all are doing well. Sometimes I feel I’m hanging on by a thread but I’m thrilled to be writing again.
Hey guys! Cellist Elana Scheiner and I will be playing this Friday, April 12 in Durham from 4:30-6:30 pm for this fun, free event on the patio. Come enjoy sunshine, live music, and local beer at a relatively-new-and-delicious Durham bakery. RSVP on Facebook here.
I woke up this morning to an email from local folk songstress Mary Johnson Rockers saying The Pinhook needs one more act for this Saturday’s show celebrating International Women’s Day (which is March 8).
To which I humbly replied, HELL YEAH!
I am going to be doing a solo set since cellist extraordinaire Elana Scheiner is out of town this weekend. I’m on first at 9 pm for a 45 minute set, followed by Mary Johnson Rockers and then Mary Selvidge. I’m honored to be sharing the stage with these talented women for such an important cause! There is a $10 suggested donation at the door and all proceeds benefit OUT! Raleigh and the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
RSVP on Facebook here if you can make it.
Hope to see y’all there!
I was recently featured on WUNC’s The State of Things! For those of you who missed it, here’s a link to the podcast: http://wunc.org/post/biomedical-engineer-turns-life-music
Thanks to Elana Scheiner on cello and Marcos Harkness on mandolin!
Happy New Year’s y’all! I wanted to let you know about this show coming up on Jan. 18 at the Casbah in Durham. I’ll be sharing the bill with Atlanta-based singer/songwriter ADRON (read about her below) and I am super excited to share some new tunes and arrangements with cello and percussion. Hope to see some of y’all there.
8pm doors | 9pm show
1007 West Main St. | Durham, NC | 27701
Adron is the nom de guerre of Adrienne McCann, young singer and songwriter who has been lately rejuvenating the pop music scene in Atlanta, Georgia. Adron seamlessly blends Classical harmony with the playfulness of ‘60s Brazilian Tropicàlia, the earnestness and sentiment of 70′s songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson, and the cerebral sincerity of the hymn song. Adron has infused her newest full-length record, Organismo, with an international texture and a remarkably vintage, yet highly original and polished modern sound. She adds to her songs a unique array of embellishments such as bird calls and other vocalizations, sometimes using her voice to mimic the instrumentation of a full orchestra, and sometimes singing in Portuguese and French, using language as another instrument. Her youthful exuberance and adroit musicianship together form a style both distinctive and pleasing, but it is her rare ability to meld genre, geography, and musical epochs that reveal the true breadth of Adron’s talent.
just a little ditty I worked up in my living room the other night. It’s about hopes and dreams, and capitalism, and stuff. Let me know what you think!
This song can be downloaded athttp://annarosebeck.bandcamp.com/track/accidental-lullaby
Thanks to Elana Mie Scheiner (cello) and Mary Caton Lingold (fiddle)!
Written and recorded by Anna Rose Beck.
If this song it were a river
I would wash your body clean
And if that river were a moon beam
I would shine on pretty things
And if that moonbeam lit the ocean
I would keep you safe at sea
And with those waves I’d rock you
I would roll you into me
And all through time
I would be here by your side
By and by
I will write accidental lullabies
I will write accidental lullabies
If this song it were a shepherd
I would help you count your sheep
And if that shepherd had a shadow
I would follow at your feet
And if that shadow were created
By the sunset through the trees
With my shepherd sunset shadow
I would lull you into sleep
And all through time…
If this song it were a paintbrush
I would paint you here with me
And if your dream should call for music
I’d paint you a tambourine
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man
Won’t you play your song for me?
And we would be alone together
Painting landscapes for your sweetest dreams
released 26 August 2012
Mary Caton Lingold (fiddle), Elana Mie Scheiner (cello), Anna Rose Beck (acoustic guitar, vocals, piano)
Beginning with dorm room YouTube videos that caught the eye of local promoters, Anna Rose Beck was hastily ushered onto the local folk stage. While still quite raw and uncut, Beck’s early performances trialed style and composure. Her solo act became a duo with a cellist, soon percussion was invited in. Successes with mixing more hands in the music eventually lead to a sprawling six person folk rock outfit with a proper forty-five minute set built for the club circuit. Most of us following Beck at that time hoped to be dazzled by a surprise arrangement of instruments and musicians on any given night and the anticipation of who would be on stage was half of the entertainment. It was a performance of changes and for those who seek folk music for the appreciation of the art, Beck was unknowingly providing a rare opportunity to watch it move and see where it went.
The performance continues. With influences still gathering and self-image as a songwriter half drawn, Beck’s performances are intimate…vulnerable. Gently plucking an acoustic guitar and simmering through lines of heart broken joy, her eyes invite both reflections of the past and dreams of what may lie ahead. Imagining once again how playing it differently will feel, Beck invites us back to her beginnings…solo, with a guitar and a story.