It’s Folk music Wednesday at Slightsingle HQ and I’ve got a musical treat just for you. Meet Annie Dressner, a quirky singer/ songwriter who you probably haven’t heard of yet but I predict you’ll adore.
Since moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner’s Confident, Inviting Debut, “Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names” has been happily received. Playing at festivals & venues such as the Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party & Cluny2, Annie is quickly making herself and her music known.
Dressner’s poignant songs are delivered with such conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front-row seat to her stories, as they take shape above the understated music.
Dressner is making a strong connection with listeners. Her collection of 11 original songs at times evokes Bright Eyes, an up-tempo Mazzy Star ‘Fade Into You,’ or Jenny Lewis.
Bless Annie’s heart she’s agreed to a question and answer session which will hopefully familiarise you with her passion and talent.
SS: London seems to be a growing hub for folk music at the moment. Is that what motivated you to make the move from New York City where you were raised?
AD: That was not the reason – but now that I am here, it isn’t a bad thing.
SS: What have you found hardest about the transition?
AD: I miss my friends & family.
SS: Are there any musicians you admire that you’ve had a chance to share the stage with?
AD: Lucy Wainwright Roche was as wonderful person to support. Not only is she super talented – she is also extremely nice.
SS: When did you first start singing? And when did you realise you wanted to pursue it as a career?
AD: I cannot remember not singing. I have always wanted to perform. I started to do the singer/songwriter thing for about four years now.
SS: Who would you most like to open for?
AD: Simon & Garfunkel.
SS: Your lyrics are quite personal do you find performing difficult when you put yourself out there?
AD: Generally, no. Sometimes, yes.
SS: If you had to compare yourself to an artist who would it be?
SS: Your upcoming touring schedule is very busy, is music a full time gig for you?
AD: At the moment, yes. Hopefully it can stay that way.
SS: What has been your favourite part of touring?
AD: Meeting fun people and seeing fun places… oh, and playing music!
SS: What else can we expect from you in the future?
AD: I am going to be coming out with an EP in the Spring of 2013. I am super excited about it!