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Anna Mieke is an Irish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Wicklow, Ireland, whose work toes the line between folk forms and vivid dreamscapes, drawing on traditional and contemporary motifs. The lyrically ornate and instrumental delicacy of her work, alongside flowing atmospheric arrangements, contributes a challenging, emphatic and new voice to alt-folk. Divining inspiration from trips through Europe by bike, learning Maori songs as a child in New Zealand and learning traditional songs in Bulgaria, she has amassed skills as a guitarist, bouzouki player, pianist, cellist and preeminently, a vocalist.
The release of the Wicklow-based artist’s critically acclaimed debut album, Idle Mind from 2019, garnered Anna Mieke a nomination in the 'Best Emerging Act’ category at the RTÉ Folk Awards. Early 2022 saw her headline tours across Spain, UK, Ireland and further afield, with a week-long residency in New York (May 2022), collaborating with NYC-based musicians and composers. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, outside of her solo material, Anna Mieke played cello with HEX, a Cork-based experimental outfit, and has developed her vocals as one-third of the singing group, Rufous Nightjar. Across her career, she has shared stages with Lankum, Lisa Hannigan, This Is The Kit and Rozi Plain, performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and collaborated with Crash Ensemble and Adrian Crowley. These varying outlets of creative expression are integral to her distinct and timeless sound. Anna Mieke’s long-awaited second album, which she recorded with Nick Rayner and features contributions from long-standing bandmates Ryan Hargadon and Matthew Jacobson, is due later in 2022, with the release of the first single, Twin, in June 2022.
All songs performed by Anna-Mieke Bishop (guitars, vocals, organ), Matthew Jacobson (percussion) and Ryan Hargadon (tenor saxophone, synthesizers, clarinet, piano). Also featuring Brían Mac Gloinn (additional guitar, fiddle), Rozi Leyden (bass), Lina Andonovska (flutes), Cora Venus Lunny (viola, violin), Alannah Thornburgh (harp) and Nick Rayner (additional bass and synths)
All songs written by Anna-Mieke Bishop (except track 7 - trad. arrangement)
Arranged by Anna-Mieke Bishop, Matthew Jacbobson and Ryan Hargadon
Engineered and Mixed by Nick Rayner
Produced by Nick Rayner and Anna-Mieke Bishop
Engineered and mixed by Nick Rayner
Assistant engineer + producer - Brían Mac Gloinn
Flute and string arrangements - Brían Mac Gloinn
Mastered by Noel Somerville
2. For a Time
7. Go Away from My Window
8. Red Sun