Brought to the area by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, Annalivia is described as an “American roots and branches string-band” which creates its own brand of new acoustic folk music. Annalivia has been wowing audiences wherever the trio goes. Headliners at numerous music festivals and concert halls, they remain among the most in-demand performers on the Northeast’s folk concert circuit today.
Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship and innovative approach. The members of Annalivia are seasoned musicians and have individually toured and performed with such luminaries as The Duhks, Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Doyle, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy and Adrienne Young, among others.
Annalivia's latest release, “The Same Way Down,” captures the band's innate connection with American roots music. The album features traditional songs and fiddle tunes alongside stunning original pieces, presented with the band's unique style and inspired arranging sensibilities. This album debuted at number seven on the international folk DJ charts, with “False Sir John” reaching the number one played song on folk radio worldwide, and the band number one played artist in the Massachusetts RMR.
Liz Simmons grew up in New Hampshire listening to her mother sing traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and Appalachia, as well as the New Orleans brass music her father plays. Since then, she has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that incorporates the sounds of traditional and contemporary music. She also performs with Long Time Courting (who appeared at the Tillotson Center last year) and the John Whelan Band, and her singing is featured in the film “Time and Charges,” written and directed by Grammy and Emmy award winner Ernest Thompson.
Acoustic guitarist and mandolinist Flynn Cohen, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, has performed all over the world with many notable acts in the Irish, Scottish, Old-Time, bluegrass and contemporary folk music worlds. When he is not on the road with Annalivia he performs with the John Whelan Band and his solo project The Deadstring Ensemble. His extensive performing credits include Ruth Moody, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, Adrienne Young, Jake and Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Gilly Martin, Malibu Storm, The Vancouver Symphony, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others.
Fiddler Duncan Wickel is a former native of Asheville, N.C., now living and working in the heart of New York City’s thriving music scene. Duncan’s reputation has been growing quickly on a national level as a wildly diverse and highly accomplished improviser and composer. He is sought after for his stylistic mastery of Jazz, Irish, Old-Time and bluegrass music, captivating audiences and fellow musicians with his creativity as well as the subtle authenticity and chameleon-like ease in which he blends and changes styles. Among many others, he has performed and toured with the Duhks, Ruth Moody, John Doyle and the Cathie Ryan band.
The show will start at 7 p.m. on March 7. Tickets will be available in advance at Fiddleheads on 110 Main St. in Colebrook or at the show on the night of the concert for $15 per person.
For more information on this and other upcoming GNWCA concerts, call 237-9302, 246-8998 or visit www.gnwca.org.