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Anonyma rides again (briefly)-Lister & McLaughlin

28 Jan 09 - 01:20 PM (#2551172)
Subject: Anonyma rides again (briefly)
From: Anne Lister

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?

Anne Lister

29 Jan 09 - 12:17 PM (#2552055)
Subject: RE: Anonyma rides again (briefly)
From: Anne Lister

Won't keep on refreshing this if no one else wants to contribute ... just this once.


29 Jan 09 - 03:52 PM (#2552243)
Subject: RE: Anonyma rides again (briefly)
From: Joe Offer

Well, it sounds interesting to me, Anne. Why don't you come to California and perform? I'm sure you'd find the weather better.
I found your page on the Burnt Feathers album - but alas, I see that it is not available. What songs do you intend to perform?
I'm going to add to the thread title and see if it generates more interest.


29 Jan 09 - 06:01 PM (#2552335)
Subject: RE: Anonyma rides again (briefly)-Lister & McLaughlin
From: Anne Lister

Thanks, Joe ...I do have a few copies of "Burnt Feathers" available on vinyl, as it happens, but sadly Fellside haven't wanted to put it out on CD and they own the copyright, so we can't go ahead and do it ourselves. One reason why I've been gradually re-recording some of the songs (two on the new album)!
As to what we'll perform - probably some trad stuff (we had our own take on "Tarry Trousers", "Nelly the Milkmaid", "Once I had a sweetheart" and "A Sailor's Life", but I expect that once we get practising there'll be a few Gaelic songs in there too) and a mix of our own.
Would love to come to California to perform but it's all a question of getting enough work to make the trip viable for me. I'm sure if it all goes well we'll talk about it!


27 Mar 11 - 09:37 PM (#3123021)
Subject: RE: Anonyma rides again (briefly)-Lister & McLaughlin
From: GUEST,Mike Jackson

Greetings from Australia.
Wow! Just rediscovered 'Icarus' — what a lovely version and what a song. Who wrote it?
Shame the pair of you weren't out in Australia recently with Martin Simpson.
Prefer you contact me via my email address. As — much as I love MudCat — I'm not a regular here and don't fully understand the workings of it all. Massively useful source of lyrics and knowledge about the songs though.
I'm touring UK in June — not that you're likely to find me this time as the only festival I'm doing at this stage is the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. My son Thom is the ukulele player. Me? I'm in the 'If you can, do; if you can't, teach' category. I'm blessed/cursed with being, amongst other things, a world authority on Lesson One for learning uke — I must be, I've delivered it so many hundreds of times!

Mike's website
Kindest Regards

04 Sep 11 - 06:11 PM (#3218222)
Subject: RE: Anonyma rides again (briefly)-Lister & McLaughlin
From: tonyteach1

Just seen Anonyma at the Walthamstow Folk Club great - lovely singing and guitar playing I preferred their traditional irish stuff but for sheer vocal quality and blend really fantastic performers and come across as very nice

FAO Anonyma I was the dark haired ugly bloke sitting on the front row in the leather jacket