Annie Bethancourt

Annie Bethancourt

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Vulnerable, beautiful indie folk with a voice that goes from hushed whispers to coal-walking wails. Quirky and whimsical in one moment, melancholy in the next, with lyrics that tell a story you can't stop listening to. Akin to: Feist, Sarah Harmer, Regina Spektor, Joni Mitchell

Biography

“Annie Bethancourt puts on a show that explains the difference between raw talent and deft technique. Or, rather, she inhabits both.”
- Troy Johnson, Music Editor San Diego CityBeat

The daughter of folk musicians, Annie Bethancourt honed her skills at a young age: recording little ditties into hand-held tape recorders, organizing impromptu neighborhood marching bands, humming on kazoos, and playing the piano with her toothbrush. After picking up the guitar her freshman year of college, Annie discovered her love of turning stories, sorrows, and hope into song. She has since released a full-length CD (2002’s “The Garage Sessions”), been featured in local and nation-wide independent music publications, toured Europe and the East Coast, lived-played-surfed in Spain and Costa Rica, and in May of 2006 partnered with indie label foe records to release the “NorthNorthEast” EP: a six song recording with an eclectic mix of textured arrangements, murmured verses, cacophonic crescendos, crashing cymbals, tinkling pianos, eerie instrumentation, and soothing sounds.

Fragile and timid one moment, thunderous and triumphant the next, Annie's voice and songs reflect the truth of emotions ranging from doubt to love to fear to joy, with an under-current of hope that every listening heart wants to hear.

Lyrics

the birds of the air

Written By: annie bethancourt

when i was a child, i talked like a child
with a broken mouth
and all my hope and faith and trust fell out
now uncertain futures start in a faltering heart
and i have grown sullen and speechless next to crying stones

but the birds of the air, they don't tear at their wings so that things will be better
the flowers in the fields don't steal their clothes, they are robed in heather

taken have i the road less traveled by
and that has made all the difference
as the path it fades
and though i am lost and lonesome with my own thoughts,
i've got a blanket of stars, and the earth a pillow to lay my weary head on

the birds of the air, they don't tear at their wings so that things will be better
the flowers in the fields don't steal their clothes,
they are robed in heather

Discography

The Garage Sessions (2002)
NorthNorthEast EP (2005)
both have online and independent radio airplay

Set List

Mostly originals with a few covers, varying in number depending on length of set.

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)
Out My Window
Where Darkness Meets Fire
En cuanto a mi
Sailing on to You
Sweet Rosalee
Heart of Glass (Blondie cover)
Dead Men are Heavier than Broken Hearts
The Birds of the Air
La hoja
Gone, Gone, Gone
Stubborn Way
Cry Me a River (Justin Timberlake cover)