Canadian singer-songwriter Anne Walker writes with heart and soul and mind. Strong, well-crafted lyrics present vivid images and stories. As a singer--her haunting voice is strong, clear and expressive. Often drawing comparisons to Connie Kaldor, Kathy Mattea and Jane Olivor, Anne's rich voice lends itself well to the variety of her material. And variety there is--a pleasing blend of folk, country, ballads and blues. And there is humour! Anne's performances, while intimate and thought-provoking, are buoyed up by her sense of joy and her lively wit. Anne was raised on a small farm in the beautiful, rolling countryside of Central Ontario. These roots in a country life are evident in the contemplative nature of her music and the quiet strength of her words.
Anne began playing coffee houses and small clubs in the 1980s and released her first independent recording “Rainwater” in 1989. Danna Garcia of Canadian River Music (Texas) declared this recording “a favourite for '89/'90.”
In 1990 Anne won the song competition at the Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Ireland and returned to perform there in 1991. She performed frequently at festivals and clubs through the 90s and released a second recording “Over My Shoulder” in 1995, produced by Tony Quarrington. Well-known folk music producer Paul Mills recorded her third CD “Labyrinth” in 2008.
Drawing on the history and culture of the rural community in which she was raised, Anne created and performed a one-person, historical docu-musical “Kith and Kin: the Coulson Women’s Institute”. This lead to the release of a collection of songs celebrating this rich heritage: “Down the Horseshoe Valley Road” (2015), also produced by Paul Mills.
In honour of 100 anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017, Anne released the single “On Vimy Ridge”, produced by Jason LaPrade.
Short Bio (102 words)
A haunting voice that is strong, clear and expressive. Well-crafted songs that range from deeply-moving to downright funny. This is singer-songwriter Anne Walker. A gifted storyteller, her songs have a timeless quality that draws the listener in. Anne's rich voice lends itself well to the variety of her material--a pleasing blend of folk, country, ballads and blues. And humour! A powerful voice delivering beautiful songs, she will engage your heart strings and your sense of humour. Raised on a small farm in Ontario, Anne’s rural roots are evident in the beauty of her music and the quiet strength of her words.
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A haunting voice that is strong, clear and expressive. Well-crafted songs that range from deeply-moving to downright funny. This is singer-songwriter Anne Walker. Anne’s most recent musical musings explore her rural roots and are supported by engaging vintage images. A delight for both the ears and the eyes. —pure Canadiana!