Annie and The Beekeepers

Annie and The Beekeepers

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

Annie and The Beekeepers is an alt-folk trio from Brooklyn, NY. Drawing from the sounds of early 20th century Folk, Gospel, Country and Americana, the band blends a unique instrumentation with evocative layered vocal harmonies to create a rich and deeply satisfying original style.

Biography

Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.

"I am going to eat this cake until I'm as big as the world!" a three-year-old Annie would triumphantly declare on her Birthday just before burying her face into an entire meticulously decorated chocolate Mickey Mouse Cake. The same child would be apt to sit quietly alone for hours coloring and listening to "The Big Chill Soundtrack" or "Graceland" on her yellow "Sports" Sony Walkman in her bedroom above the family-owned restaurant she grew up in on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Here in lies the foundation of Annie Lynch, as a person and as an artist, simultaneously full of uninhibited zeal while content to be indefinitely submerged in quiet simplicity. There is no telling what combination of the two will exist in any given moment.

Annie Lynch began her love of live music while eavesdropping on the Cape Cod Little Fiddlers' painstakingly squeaky rehearsal in the gym of her elementary school en route to after school pickup. This was music to her ears. The sound of their little uneven bows on the cheap instruments might as well have been that of a world-class orchestra. She begged her parents for a violin, a wish they were pleased to grant, and squeaked her way through five years of Suzuki lessons until she discovered the music of Joni Mitchell and began to sing. Guitar followed singing, writing followed guitar, and by the time Annie was fourteen, creating and performing songs had [almost] completely trumped her insatiable passion for delicious chocolate cake. Her love of bowed instruments would continue though, thankfully, her violin has not since been publicly unearthed.

After several years of playing locally in coffeehouses on Cape Cod, Annie attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she met cellist, Alexandra Spalding, double bassist, Ken Woodward, and multi instrumentalist, Mat Davidson. The quartet gathered in the effort of recording a demo of Annie's songs, and continued on to release their self-titled debut, Annie Lynch and The Beekeepers in 2007 with Grammy-nominated producer-engineer, Jack Gauthier. The album was given rave reviews from the likes of The Boston Globe and Paste Magazine, and receives frequent airplay on Boston's WUMB and WERS, and NY's WFUZ amongst others. The city's Americana music scene warmly embraced Annie and The Beekeepers, and it took little time for the foursome to gather northeastern notoriety. In 2009, the group released their EP, Squid Hell Sessions, named after the studio in the Jamaica Plane neighborhood of Boston where Berklee peers, Adrian Olsen and Kyle VandeKerkhoff, recorded the bulk of the EP. Amidst the release of Squid Hell Sessions, the band relocated to Brooklyn and soon became a trio, unleashing Mat's ever-talented ferocity onto the world at large. Annie, Ken, and Alex went on to tour nationally, sharing stages with such admirable musicians as Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dr Dog's Scott McMicken, and The Low Anthem. They have performed at notable festivals such as SXSW, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and Boston Folk Festival. In September of 2010, the trio embarked on their first UK tour, highlighted by a slot at End of the Road music festival in Dorset.

Upon successful completion of this tour, Ken and Alex left Brooklyn, where Annie remains and continues to compose and perform in preparation for the next Annie and The Beekeepers release with the newly formed outfit consisting of Andrew Michael Buri (Multi-instrumentalist/Vocalist) and Jeni Magana (Bassist/Vocalist). This album is predicted to be completed in early 2012.

Annie Lynch still loves The Big Chill Soundtrack.

Discography

"Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers" LP, Released: 2007

"Squid Hell Sessions" EP, Released: 2009

Radio Airplay:
From "Annie Lynch & the Beekeepers":
"Dirty Laundry"- WUMB, WERS, NHPR
"Charlotte's Web"- WUMB
"Silhouette" -WUMB
"Next To Me" -WUMB, WTJU

From "Squid Hell Sessions"
"Pirate's Life" - WFUV
"Like a Dog" - Exclusive Premiere on The Tripwire

Set List

The following original tunes are currently in live rotation:

-Released:
Like A Dog
Again and Again (Lynch/Davidson)
Sad Boy
Dirty Laundry
Someone Else
The Bee Song

-Unreleased:
Wrong Darlin'
In The Water
Losing Game (Lynch/Buri)
Wake Up Mama
She's Leaving Home (Buri)
A Light at The End
Come On
Everyone Stays
Always My Heart
An Island

-Occasional Covers:
Do Right (Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham)
I Will (Radiohead)
Red Clay Halo (Welch/Rawlings)
Dear Someone (Welch/Rawlings)
Picture In a Frame (Tom Waits)

Typical Set Length: 60-90 minutes