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Thread #118125 Message #2551172
Posted By: Anne Lister
28-Jan-09 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Anonyma rides again (briefly)-Lister & McLaughlin
Subject: Anonyma rides again (briefly)
OK .. the earlier thread, mentioning Mary McLaughlin's name, didn't excite much interest. Will this one?
Back in the eighties Mary and I were the duo Anonyma, with gigs all over the UK and in the US (and some in Ireland). We made an album, "Burnt Feathers", on the Fellside label, produced by Martin Simpson. Had some great reviews.
This summer Mary is going to be visiting the UK for the first time in a long while, as her home these days is in California. She'll be coming to stay here with us in South Wales and then coming with me to Broadstairs festival, where I'm booked. Broadstairs was where we first met (Mary and Martin Simpson and me) 25 years ago, so we thought it would be fun to do a couple of Anonyma reunion sessions. We did actually have a brief re-formation at Old Songs about ten years ago, which was great fun.
If anyone has any good ideas of where else we might perform in August, please let me know. We'd be up for house concerts, clubs, workshops (we can do a great selection of those, from storytelling to harmonies and even how to sing in Gaelic) ... the only thing is we're mainly looking at South Wales and the M4 corridor to cut down on too much in the way of travel cost. Dates - from 6th August onwards, really, and we're in Broadstairs from 12 - 14 inclusive. Got a possible house concert on 15th in Essex. I'll put one on here if there's nothing better on offer (early in the time frame) and we're talking of a harmony workshop in Builth Wells that first weekend.
Ideally we'd both like to make some money on this but we're not turning our noses up at freebies, depending on where and what the freebies are! And if it all goes well, who knows, we might be a bit more organised and do something another year.
So - anyone got a clever thought to throw my way?