Annie Marie & Fiddlaround

Annie Marie & Fiddlaround

 Benicia, California, USA

An acoustic trio with a weaving an infectious blend of swamp boogie, blues, Cajun, Zydeco, gypsy, fiddle tunes, country & originals. Fiddlaround features soulful vocals with thrilling three part vocal harmonies, the funky fiddle work of Annie Marie, the hot accordion accompaniment of Maureen Coyle & the rock solid Diane Dutra on stand up bass & percussion. These three women cook up a musical gumbo that is toe-tapping good for the soul and perfect for any venue and any age group.


The Story of Annie Marie & Fiddlaround

Annie Marie came out to the San Francisco Bay Area from her home near Houston, Texas in 1980 to play fiddle with a childrens circus. She worked as a vocalist and fiddler playing country dances, singing old style jazz and blues, and playing with roots bands in the area. Eventually she found work playing with bluesmen Johnny Heartsman and Leonard Gill and Grammy winner Queen Ida Guillory. She met rubboardist Ledra Guillory (Queen Ida's daughter) and bassist Linda Schmidt during that time and in fall of 1992, inspired by the work of Queen Ida, local accordionist Danny Poulard and Annies teacher, fiddler Dewey Balfa, they formed Tee Fee Swamp Boogie Band.  As the band developed they added two seasoned blues musicians, Leonard Gill on electric guitar (BB King, Otis Clay, Otis Rush, Allen Fontenot, Al Rapone); and Kelvin Dixon on drums (John Lee Hooker, Charles Brown, Otis Rush, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Irma Thomas, Otis Rush, Lady Bianca, and Joe Louis Walker). After Ledra retired, Maureen Coyle joined up on rubboard and vocals (the Bunyups, Willy and Mo) and soon started adding her own accordion playing to the mix when not playing rubboard. Tee Fee recorded 4 CDs and did numerous west coast tours during the 90s playing at many large venues including Seattles Bumbershoot and New Orleans by the Bay at the Shoreline Amphitheater. When Linda retired, Tee Fee added the versatile bassist Diane Dutra (Marty Balin, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Red Archibald, Raymond Victor). Since Dutra plays both upright and electric bass, Tee Fee started an acoustic version of the band for small house parties which led to the creation of the trio Annie Marie & Fiddlaround in 2010.

Annie Marie & Fiddlaround first started working as a trio in 2010 adding fiddle tunes, old style blues, country tunes and southern jazz to the Cajun Zydeco repertoire of Tee Fee. Dutra added a low boy (low high hat) and Annie added a small kickdrum (stompbox when amplified) so they could add more percussion. They found that the trio was a perfect vehicle for promoting acoustic American music and used it to back up Annies educational offerings celebrating American cultural diversity through its folk songs and fiddle tunes. Since Annie is a credentialed teacher they found they were very popular, performing for numerous classes and school assemblies in the area as well as a very successful fundraiser for the BNai Israel Congregation after their temple was vandalized. 

Annie Marie & Fiddlaround found that their three voices blended beautifully and Annie started arranging their tunes to show off the three part harmonies. At the end of 2012 they recorded their first CD, Annie Marie & Fiddlaround and are planning to record a CD called Two Cents Sharp in 2014. Annie has been adding original music in the genre throughout her career and about 15% of their general repertoire is original continuing the tradition of American folk music as a living, breathing and changing art form. 

Check out our website at http://www.anniemariemusic/fiddlaround