2018 Performers

Anna Smyrk

press shot anna smyrkTravelling songsmith Anna Smyrk comes to Dorrigo all the way from Honiara, Solomon Islands. Her live show takes you on a journey around the world, with songs inspired by many years of living and working in Asia and the Pacific Islands. She presents original folk and alt-country music, alongside traditional folk tunes from the diverse places she has lived (in several different languages).
Anna’s latest EP was described as “exquisite” by ABC Radio National, while Rhythms Magazine called it “a slow-burning gem... a heady mixture of lilting folk and dark Americana-style country, combining effortlessly.” With two old friends accompanying her on violin and lap-steel, the trio toured the EP widely around Australia, including shows at Uranquinty Folk Festival and Nimbin Roots Festival.
Anna first received critical acclaim in 2009, winning the Queenscliff Music Festival Foot-in-the-Door competition and participating in PUSH songs, where she received one-on-one song writing mentorship from the likes of Jeff Lang and Abbie Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride). In the years to come, she began to sample more and more success, touring widely around Australia and Europe.
Anna currently splits her time between Australia and the Solomon Islands, juggling her music with her work in international development. These experiences of living and working in different places have enriched her songwriting and provided opportunities to connect with other musicians from various backgrounds. In Cambodia, Anna formed a duo with a traditional instrumentalist in Cambodia. In Solomon Islands, she runs song-writing workshops for young people, helping them to tap into their creativity and find ways to express themselves.
A second release is in the works; you can expect to see Anna Smyrk touring extensively in 2018 and 2019.