It’s been five years since I began pursuing my music and I owe so much of the success I’ve encountered to your support. It’s been 10 tours, 4 of them international. It’s been two full length albums and one EP. There’ve been both incredible and not-so-incredible performances, lots of new friends, lots of radio shows, festivals, folk conferences, and one surreal experience opening for American folk icon Emmylou Harris. All that I’ve accomplished I owe so very much to the support I found in you. Thank you!
As I cross into my 30th year, in my new-ish “southern” home of Washington, DC, I’m happy to share with you a lovely review from the good folks at Apple iTunes who recently reviewed Jump With a Child’s Heart. I’m so flattered that they chose to review it and so happy for all the great things that have transpired over these last 5 years.
"Set apart from typical neo-folkie singer/songwriters... Crane’s vision is earthy yet poetic, the work of an artist who lives in both the real world and her own dreams”.
"In the tradition of the '60s folk revival, Annie Crane sings of small-town memories and big-city heartaches on her sophomore album, Jump with a Child’s Heart. The Rochester, N.Y., native brings a classically trained vocal purity to her mélange of Celtic, Appalachian, and blues influences, setting her apart from typical neo-folkie singer/songwriters. Her lyrics are likewise distinctive, combining mystical tones with an Everywoman earnestness that elevates ordinary subjects into something exotic. Crane shows her skills as a musical miniaturist on tracks like “Copenhagen Heart,” “The Island of Manhattan," and “Ghost Body,” dashing off quick but telling portraits with a bittersweet air. There’s a quiet but persistent sense of rebellion evident in songs like the wry “Money Only Hates Me” and the playful “Salinger Said,” lending them a contemporary edge. Most haunting among these tunes is “Lookin’ Out,” a moody recollection of Crane’s grandmother. Trumpet, banjo, cello, and light percussion give evocative shading to these acoustic guitar–centered tracks. Crane’s vision is earthy yet poetic, the work of an artist who lives in both the real world and her own dreams."
Last Minute Show this Thurs, 5/3 @ JAMMIN JAVA + Introducing "The Three Dolla Holla!"
I'm VERY excited to be opening for the Chicago-based indie rock group, Company of Thieves! We'll be playing this Thursday night, May 3rd, at the legendary Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. Please come out and show your support!
A new event hosted by yours truly... "An open stage with host Annie Crane at the cafe/wine bar, SOVA, in Washington, DC! Sign up is at 6:30pm with the night beginning at 7:00pm. Held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month, the very first Three Dolla Holla will be Sunday, May 6, 2012. Music of all kinds, hip-hop, freestyle, dance, comedy, interpretive anything -- Bring it. Cover: $3, hence the name". Follow what's happening at www.facebook.com/ThreeDollaHolla.
After lots of touring over last 6 months, I'll be spending the next few in my new home-city of Washington D.C. ... but indeed, these wheels continue to turn! While exploring this new music scene, I'll be hosting an open mic night in the happening neighborhood of H St. in downtown D.C. (details TBA) and I'll be playing a slew of local shows including a bunch of summer street festival performances. Check in on my calendar to see when and where... better yet, - Sign the Mailing List!- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Sign Me Up" in the subject line. It's 80°F today... in mid-March. Quite different from the Northern border line and NYC. I think I might like D.C.
Tour starts today! Picked up m'dear Pollyanna from the airport in DC yesterday and we're off to Harrisonburg this afternoon. 9PM sharp at Clementine's Cafe w/ local string band, Chamomile & Whiskey.
D.C. MEETS PARIS: AN INDIE FOLK JOINT TOUR
with Annie Crane + Pollyanna
International, Indie Folk songbirds touring together for the first time after sharing the stage in Paris, France. Annie Crane from Washington, D.C. and Pollyanna from Paris will be hitting the road State-side February 16th - 29th, 2012.
Pollyanna is described by Brooklyn based music blog JezebelMusic as "Neko Case with a European flair" and has supported acts such as Wilco. Annie Crane's music can be heard in Starbucks stores world-wide and is described by Time Out NY as "fabulous folk with enough thoughtful twang to transport you back in time..."
❊ I MOVED!: I’ve recently relocated from NYC to Washington, D.C. I had never been to our nations capital much before, but I’m pleasantly surprised by it! It’s hard to match up to NYC and I don’t think I’ll ever try to compare the two, but I will say that I love how manageable D.C. is, how lovely the natural Rock Creek Park is meandering throughout, how awesome it is to have family living just across the state line in VA... and D.C. has some pretty killer coffee joints, Qualia Coffeebeing my current favorite (the beans are roasted on site; pretty awesome indeed). I'm planning on staying put here through the spring and summer so that I can get to know my new home and discover the local music scene of D.C. and near-by Baltimore. Touring should resume in late summer/early fall and I hope to get some fun local DC stuff happening soon. Will keep you posted on that.
❊ FAI: In February I'll playing shows in VA, NC, TN, PA & NYC. You can find the schedule below as well as on my calendar page. The tour is booked around The 24th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. If you’re also attending FAI, be sure to stop by and say "Hi!" at one of these private showcases:
❊ ZAPTOWN REVIEW: “Crane extracts an instant wonderment...” A lovely review of Jump With a Child’s Heart in Indianapolis’s ZapTown Magazine.
❊ STARBUCKS: Remember to keep your ears peeled for songs off my new album currently being playedat your local Starbucks store. So far there have been audial sightings in NYC; St. Louis, MO; Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV; Rochester, NY... pretty dang cool!
❊ FEB TOUR SCHED: with lovely French tour mate, Pollyanna