Hailing from the North Yorkshire National Park, Anna Shannon deeply embraces all things rustic. On hearing her compositions it is clear that the wonders of the natural world are the things that strongly colour her narratives. She is an immensely skilled multi-tasker, a creative and strikingly accomplished singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and designer, with her own definite, intense vision and a strong musical identity to match. Anna is carrying on a musical tradition, finding fresh meaning and relevance for us all in the old ways. Anna was born into a musical family but it wasn’t until in her early twenties that she discovered the folk scene. 2006 saw her first album “The Whale Dreaming” being released after being encouraged by winning BBC Radio “Yorkshire Songwriter of the Year”. Her latest sees her forging a strong path into the heart of today’s folk club and festival circuit.
Anna was, by the age of ten, already accomplished on classical flute, and at twelve was playing oboe, clarinet and trumpet. Guitar, fiddle, sax and bowed psaltery followed
Anna’s past occupations have included woodwind teacher, mushroom picker, busker and wool spinner, her present income being from her music, aided by the seasonal holly harvest and wreath making, and it is the experience gained along these varied and often rocky roads that is richly embroidered into her warm-blooded and evocative material. Home is a caravan on the edge of the moor where she has horses and grows vegetables and it is here that she espouses values and celebrates timeless traditions, responds deeply to nature and the cycles of life, and yet keeps her feet firmly on the ground of reality and contemporary life.