Hello and Welcome to Annie Lou!

Combining a deft melodic temperament with skill and verve on banjo and guitar, performer and songwriter Annie Lou shines a keen eye and a warm heart on our lives and times. "There is magic here: superior picking, excellent rhythm work, impressive and whimsical lyrics. Genest’s lead vocal style echoes the McGarrigles and Sylvia Tyson, but she is irrefutably herself.” -  Donald Teplyske, Country Standard Time

Photography by Jen Squires

Photography by Jen Squires

Ontario Tour with Kathleen Nisbet

I'm really looking forward to a short run of shows in Ontario this November with the most wonderful Kathleen Nisbet. Kathleen is a pillar of the Vancouver bluegrass, country, folk, and Metis music scene. She fiddles, she sings, she writes great songs, plays with everyone and runs the annual East Van Opry at the Rio. Check out the Shows page for details. Y'all come!

Summer 2019 - Touring and Teaching!

Been a while since I've updated y'all on Annie Lou goings on. How are you? I am well - recovering from recent hand surgery to correct a recurring trigger finger challenge. All went well and I am back in the saddle! Getting geared up for a busy summer of touring and teaching, teaching and touring. Keeping it local to the west end of the country - very excited to be returning to the Kluane Bluegrass Festival up in Haines Junction, Yukon, after many years, and so delighted to be appearing at the Arts on the Fly Festival in Horsefly, BC. Hurrah for the North country!

As part of my appearance at Arts on the Fly, I'll be a workshop leader at Songwriting on the River - two days of songwriting instruction leading up to the festival. You will also find me on the faculty at the Yukon Summer Music Camp at the end of July - I'm leading classes in Clawhammer Banjo, Beginner Mandolin, Oldtime Jam Class, Songwriting, and Lead and Harmony vocals! Phew! Gonna be a busy music-filled week. It is so lovely to be spending so much time in my old home turf of Whitehorse and environs. I miss it so. 

I am hosting the 3rd Annual Arrowvale Oldtime Music Campout on the banks of the Somass River outside of Port Alberni, BC. Friends and musical colleagues gather to camp and pick; no performances but lots of music goes on all weekend and lots of folks wander by for a listen.

And finally, rounding out the summer is the always fabulous Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Workshop - once again I am teaching Songwriting (so stoked to be doing so much of that this summer!) and Adventures in Band Lab. I'll be playing at the Nimblefingers Festival as well.

Check out the Shows page for details on all of the above. Thanks for visiting, and may loving kindness be our mutual impetus!

New Album - March 2018!

Click on the album cover image to preview End Zone. Release Date is March 15!

I'm so excited to be releasing my new album 'End Zone'. No, it's not about football. Most of the material for 'End Zone' was written during the last months of my mother's life, and the title track is an exploration of that time when the end is near, but not quite.

The album features a bunch of new songs and a guest cast of Canadian acoustic innovators, including Andrew 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. Produced by Andrew Collins.

Real, raw, and deeply honest, this album is dear to my heart, and I can't wait to share it with you.

Click on the album cover image to preview End Zone. Release Date is March 15!

I'm so excited to be releasing my new album 'End Zone'. No, it's not about football. Most of the material for 'End Zone' was written during the last months of my mother's life, and the title track is an exploration of that time when the end is near, but not quite.

The album features a bunch of new songs and a guest cast of Canadian acoustic innovators, including Andrew 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. Produced by Andrew Collins.

Real, raw, and deeply honest, this album is dear to my heart, and I can't wait to share it with you.

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