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Hi everyone! My website will be changing because my platform no longer supports this custom-built theme. If I update it to what they want it won’t function anymore! Yikes! I may have to give in and use another platform.

In any case I’m going to have to change the whole thing which will take ages and ages… Ergh.

Anyway. If you want any merch (if the shop won’t work) or want to contact me – I will be on Facebook and Instagram (just ask) and my gigs will be on BandsInTown.

In the meantime here are some gigs I will be doing very soon.


THEN SUNDAY MARCH 5th at Long Itchington The Music Parlour at The Harvester Pub – evening

And on FRIDAY MARCH 31st me and Nicky Cure are doing FAT CHANCE SHOW At THE CRITERION THEATRE COVENTRY as part of the Springboard Festival. Yayyyy!

PS This cartoon was done by Theo Cozens.

annA rydeR’s Music & Moving Pictures Tour March 2022

Hello everyone! I’m doing a tour in March which is going to be exciting because it has film. It’s called annA rydeR’s Music & Moving Pictures Tour.

Here’s what it is: A music and moving imagery show – I’m going to sing my songs with the exciting extra dimension of moving pictures : entertaining and atmospheric films made over the last two years in collaboration with artist Nicky Cure. Nicky is my fellow Radar-Bird. She is an artist and we do loads of stuff together. You can see it on the link for Radar-birds.

A mix of stop-motion, my hand-drawn cartoons, Nicky’s art and real-life images and films of curiosity – this will be a show of sound and moving pictures which hopefully will reflect and join in with my diverse styles of songs. Some relate directly to the songs and others are atmospheric or curious or just there.

Do you want to come to one of these gigs?

Are you interested in having this show at a gig near you or at your own house concert? Get in touch.


Your Own Profile Cartoon

This sort of happened by accident! After I updated my profile cartoon fingy my good friend and IOTA band mate Marion Fleetwood said “I think you should do cartoons for people to use as their profile pictures…I’d buy one!!! xx

Then well everyone just started asking so I decided it was a good idea. 

Yayyyyy! Who wants one?!

If you want your very own profile cartoon all you need to do is message me to tell me and then go to PayPal.me/RowdyMusic and pay just £15. You can use your PayPal account or a credit/debit card for this platform. OR you can go here on my website. You can send me a photo via Facebook Messenger or via my contact page or other social media.

Here are my pals Marion Fleetwood and Mark Stevens…

ELEVENSES Mug & Coaster Set

Hellooooo! New merch – an Elevenses Mug & Coaster Set! You know I’ve been doing “Elevenses with annA”? Well if you don’t it’s a Facebook live thing – I been doing broadcasts starting between 11 & 12 most days from the end of November 2020 right through Christmas (including Christmas Day) to Friday 29th January which was my 50th broadcast. Yayyyyy!

Anyway – well I decided to make some designs for an Elevenses Mug & Coaster Set featuring real people who actually wacthed my Elevenses. I couldn’t fit them all in so I am sorry if some of you aren’t there. Also any resemblance to the real people is either a) accidental b) on purpose c) not a resemblance.  So there. I’ve tried to keep the price as low as I can being only able to get them made as the orders come in – can’t run to buying in bulk I’m afraid! 

On my Elevenses show I usually sing around 3 songs with faffing around inbetween. Sometimes I show instruments or say stuff or show something nice. Or just muck about. Sometime I improvise or show something technical. The second  nice thing for me is I get to play my ‘demented’ Bluthner drawing-room grand piano which I basically grew up on and it’s got all my songs inside. The first nice thing is that people do comments and I reply is I see them in time. They say stuff like ‘What a lovely song’ or ‘What are you on?’ or ‘Ouch’ or ‘hahahaha’ or do emojis which float up the right hand side of the screen.

It is not as good as having a real audience but it is not really a gigso you can’t compare. It’s a sort of happening online and I think it’s very fun because I can do stuff you can’t do on stage like go and fetch something or turn the camera for the viewers to see something else or disappear and appear again. Or go outside and throw snowballs at the window where the camera is pointing. Quite a few people have been watching which has been everso lovely and thank you to all those who donated and watched. There are people from all over UK, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, USA and other places. Cor. It’s global. 

I’ve sung 110 of my own songs and 29 covers totalling just about 24 hours. Wasn’t expecting to do this – it just sort of happened. I’m having a little break now to do some projects and put up a bookcase. Hahaha. But I will be back doing Elevenses when I can! In the meantime if you want to see me do a virtual gig there are 2 in the pipeline: FEB 11th Bromsgrove Folk Club (just a short spot – main spot Keith Donnelly) and FEB 16th at The Gather upstairs Ennerdale. More news to follow…




Hi everyone – seeing as gigs are not really on for a while yet I am, in the meantime, offering the following things :

GARDEN GIGS: – if you have a garden where people can be socially distanced I can do gigs for donations at your house. Unplugged of course unless you have a massive mansion!  NB – this is all depending on the government rules/guidelines which are quite unclear at the moment. As of August 1st it seems you can only have 6 people together or a maximum of 30 from 2 households. 

RECORDINGS: –  a recording for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/special event. 

FILMS: – a film of a song for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/special event.

CARTOONS: – a cartoon for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/special event.

T-SHIRTS: – a custom-made T-shirt for anything.

COASTERS:  – custom-made coasters for anything.

ONE-OFF ONLINE LESSONS: – as you know I play quite a few instruments so just ask. This is one-to-one and is going to be limited numbers so first come first served…

I can’t price anything here as they are mostly custom-made so you would need to ask.

Or contact me on Facebook or Instagram.



Hello everyone – just to let you know – well – you probly guessed everything on the giglist for ages is postponed or even cancelled. Like everyone, not sure how long for but we’ll see. I am quite busy here with various things but will get online doing live-screaming eventually. 

I am not going to go through all my gigs on my giglist here to say if they are on or not because you can assume they’re all off. However – please keep visiting because I will, at some point, be doing online gigs – in which case they will go on the list!

In the meantime here is my ‘artist depiction’ – if you click on it, it will take you to a film of a song which I’ve done instead of going to  perform at Bromsgrove Folk Club on Thursday which was going to be a solo gig. This will be rearranged. The gig I mean – not the song :

The Sandy Denny Project + other news!

[Photo taken at Otley by Gerry McNeice]

Here is the news at a quarter past mind.

The Sandy Denny Project is doing lovely gigs! Last weekend we played two gorgeous venues to packed out audiences in Otley and Selby.

Some of our friends came even. E.g. Tracey and Gill. I think they quite liked it a lot. We liked it a lot.

We are me of course, on piano, banjo, trumpet and vocals, Sally Barker on vocals and guitar, Marion Fleetwood on vocals with her fiddle and guitar (hey that’s IOTA!) – Mark Stevens on drums, Mat Davies on bass and PJ Wright on guitars and vocals. It is great fun and we are singing really interesting songs which Sandy either wrote or sang during her career. We also have 4 lead vocalists which makes a change because the audience get to hear different people fronting the songs. Plus we do lovely harmonies in 3 or even 4 parts.

I get to play the banjo and everyone makes predictable jokes about the banjo – band and audience alike – I do not know why people make jokes about banjos and drums and hurdy-gurdys. But well why do they never make a joke about guitars? Or about a violin. Or a piano even. 

If anyone is reading this who has seen me play the trumpet I use for this and if they are wondering what kind of trumpet is it? Well because it is quite small and they might think is it a piccolo trumpet or what? Well no. It isn’t a piccolo trumpet or even a different trumpet from normal except that it is a small trumpet in Bb called a pocket trumpet. So well yes that’s intrestifying isn’t it? 

Anyway. We are looking forward to playing lots of gigs and our most recent booking we got is for The Great British Folk Festival at the end of this year. Brilliant! We love that festival. 

You get to stay in chalets. (You are not allowed to call them chalets anymore they have to be called something else but I think it is good publicity to call them chalets actually so they should go back to calling them that in my opinion.) And you get to see other bands and people what you know and hang out with your friends in possibly the snow. You can’t get out though because there are electric fences all round the whole resort to make you stay in. Like in Jurassic Park. I tried to get out once but there was a enormous deckchair barring my way. But there is a swimming pool with a big whirly chute thing what you can slide down apparently. Also lots of bars. So you see you can have lots of fun at this place even if you are maybe not a fan of Butlins.

And of course there is SANDYFEST

– one of our most important gigs of the year as it takes place near us at Byfield village where Sandy performed her last gig. This is on APRIL 18th and is fast selling out so get your tickets soon. It is a sit down gig and we play Sandy songs all night!     

[Photos below by John Twigger at Selby] 

In the meantime I have gigs with IOTA

This Friday at Sevenoaks St Edith Folk Club and then Wychwood Folk Club at the end of Feb.

Also gigs with Sally Barker in our new duo.

We are touring the songs on our album ‘When I Wake Up’ and we’re playing Bradden near Towcester, The Green note in London, Bromyard and Birmingham. 

Then a few solo gigs –

Here’s one in March for Green’s Norton which is near Towcester. In my solo gigs I mostly sing my own songs like Sailing Boat and The Quicksand Hornpipe and Bring Me Back My Feathers and Zero Inches…and… I also play lots of more instruments like the trumpet I been talking about and a bicycle pump and maybe even a straw. Plus more guitars. Sometimes I bring chocolates for the audience even if there are already some in the raffle. Did you know that sometimes people win chocolates in the raffle and they don’t even share them round? Also I play music for the raffle if there is one because the raffle is quite importanty and it really does need music to go with it. Or even I sing the raffle. IOTA does this too sometimes.

Finally – I’ve been asked to join The Ballads of Child Migration 

(Link shows 2017/18 tour). It says on Radio 2 Folk Show that 2015 saw the release of The Ballads of Child Migration: Songs for Britain’s Child Migrants, a specially commissioned collection of fourteen songs by leading British folk musicians which brought a focus and public awareness to a dark chapter of social history. Who’s involved? Well – my friends Chris While & Julie Matthews, and Jez Lowe and Boo Hewerdine, who I know from playing with Eddi Reader – and others! They sing songs and tell the real stories of children who were sent away from Britain, because they were deemed ‘deprived of a normal family life’, to other countries right up to the 1970s. At the moment I don’t know very much about it but I will be playing accordion, banjo and possibly other instruments and I know we are playing at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and that there are some more gigs happening around that time. I’m really excited to be asked to play!

So all in all – lots happening and more gigs are just coming in today…

Anyway – got to go now because I have to photocopy a napkin.



Hoorah! Latest news is I’ve formed a duo with my good pal and amazing singer/musician Sally Barker. We are releasing an album on September 19th which is called “When I Wake Up”. It is our own songs! You can pre-order it here.

We are very excited about it and can’t wait for it to be with us! This duo formed because, as some of you know, we’ve been working together in our trio IOTA with Marion Fleetwood who is a fab and brilliant singer/musician. We will be doing an official album launch gig at THE MUSICIAN in Leicester on September 19th so please come and see us. We’ll be touring the album during the autumn and onwards.

And also yesterday me n Sal performed at the first warm-up for Cropredy Convention and it was really amazing playing some fantastic songs from Fairport’s repertoire. We’re there agin tonight so hope to see some of you! We can’t wait for the festival to start.



Stuff Happening

Hellllllloooooo! I don’t write on my website that much these days as social media sort of takes over that job really doesn’t it? But I thought I’d put this on seeing as I was updating a few other bits on this.

As you know – I’ve been doing more music than ever recently and so very busy with gigs, writing, recording and rehearsing for the many different projects I’m working in.

These are:

ME solo! (Yay!) and thanks to everyone who has come to my solo gigs and everyone who has booked me for these. I love doing them and I want to have even more.

IOTA (Yay!) This is me, Marion Fleetwood and Sally Barker and those of you who have been folowing and supporting us since we set up last year – thank you. We are having a great time performing and writing and rehearsing and we hope to get gigs in more places so those who are requesting us in their area will get to see us. We love doing this trio and are looking for gigs everywhere!

DUO with Sally Barker (Yay!) – this is very recent and we will be starting gigs soon. We’re utilising songs both of us have written solo and we’re also going to make songs together. Other stuff might happen but we’re not sure yet what it is. We also work as a double header which is when we both turn up and do our own individual stuff and then join in with each other.

THE SANDY DENNY PROJECT (Yay!) – this is most exciting as it just started as me getting invited by PJ Wright and Sally Barker to play at the Jerry Donahue Benefit Concert at the end of 2017. This was amazing as I got to play with Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson as well – two of the original Fotheringay band members. I have never played with Pat before and it was a brilliant to experience the combined Gerry and Pat sound. So the spin-off from that gig was a desire by PJ Wright and Sally Barker and me to continue this in some way so now we then formed this band (originally named Listen-Listen). Marion is also in this band together with drummer Mark Stevens (Tradarrr) and bassist Mat Davies (15 String Trio + others). We played our very enjoyable ‘SandyFest’ in April at Byfield which was where Sandy last lived. We played Cromer Folk on The Pier a couple of weeks ago which was brilliant, and we’re looking forward to more gigs – especially our one at The New Forest Folk Festival which is an excellent festival to go to!!  (IOTA are also playing!)

FAIRPORT CONVENTION (Yay!) – No I’m not in this iconic band but I will be playing my song The Crowd at Cropredy with them in August this year. I am so pleased they’ve decided to include my song in their set again – it’s all about the crowd who goes to Cropredy.  So it’s about some of you! I played it with them on their May tour. Those of you who go to Fairport gigs and to Cropredy will remember they recorded this on their 2002 album XXXV. I played French horns and accordion and whistles and sang on it.  I have had a long association with Fairport having played either support to them or with them in some guise or another from 1998 onwards. I’m really looking forward to Cropredy 2019 where I shall be situated at the bar some of the time and hope to bump into old friends and some new ones I’ve made this year and last. 

The photo is of me with Fairport earlier this year when they played at The Union Chapel in London…


Lotsa Gigs

Well – there are now quite a few gigs on the books – most of them for IOTA but some solo and a couple of Listen-Listen (now known as The Sandy Denny Project!) gigs. If you didn’t know I am now in a trio of me, Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood writing and performing our own songs – that’s IOTA.

But I’m also in a band with PJ Wright, Sally Barker, Marion Fleetwood, Mark Stevens and Mat Davies forming Listen-Listen (The Sandy Denny Project) which is a band celebrating Sandy Denny songs. The connection is that I played as the pianist with Fotheringay in 2017 for JerryAid – raising money for Jerry Donahue who had a stroke. It was a great privilege to play with original members Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson. They were amazing. The Sandy Denny Project (Listen-Listen) is a sort of split-off from that really.

So, as well as playing in a duo with Keith Donnelly doing our favourite covers, I am solo, with IOTA and with The Sandy Denny Project (Listen-Listen). Yay! Exciting.

I’m now working with my new agent Karen Atkins on putting in dates for me solo.

Just Waiting In…

Yesterday – this was what I was doing and also last Friday…

But now it’s arrived! Hoorah! Fortunately I am near genius so I know how to work it. You won’t find out if you’re an idiot as you won’t be able to work out how to use it to find out what your IQ is. Clever ay!

Folk Song For Europe: Sweden

I found this old VHS my brother filmed when he once came up visiting when Warwick Folk Club was on at The Globe Hotel and it happened to be ‘Folk Song For Europe’ night. I was Erika Flippendahft from Sweden. Here it is!

Late 80s! Everyone had to pick a country from a hat – the countries including Tibet, ‘Africa’ and other stupid suggestions.  We then had two weeks to get a song together for the ‘competition’.

I got ‘Sweden’. I went to library and got a Swedish tape out as I thought it would be more convincing to try and sing in Swedish. Harhar. So there are some Swedish words in there somewhere! There were lots of entries including Keith Donnelly doing Scotland.  I can’t even remember if I won the competition or not…

This is the sort of thing we’d do at Warwick Folk Club. I wish we had some footage from ‘The Most Boring Act In The World Competition’. Which I managed to win twice.

I used to, and still do, absolutely love this kind of thing. I am so glad Warwick Folk Club run by Paul and Glen Elliott, Bob and Annie Phillipps and various others such as John and Moira Wirtz all had a great sense of fun. It was here I also learnt about how to get up and play my own songs in front of a great audience…


I O T A news

I’m in 4 different set-ups now for gigs. SOLO stuff – see my gigs

My trio IOTA with Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood. We sing original material and play loads of instruments. See us during our Spring Tour in 2019.

“Three brilliant musicians, singers and writers exuding an infectious joy of music. A force to be reckoned with.” JULIE MATTHEWS

I have a duo with singer-songwriter (and comedian – although not comedy in this) Keith Donnelly – we play our favourite covers and have fun.

And an exciting Fotheringay spin-off band we have called Listen-Listen. This is PJ Wright, Sally Barker, Mat Davies, Mark Stevens and Marion Fleetwood. PJ, Sally and I played with the original bass player Pat Donaldson, original drummer Gerry Conway. This is the songs of Snady Denny and we have gigs coming in.



Warwick Folky Fest

Hello everyone who came to my gig last night and to Keith and my gig in the morning. Those people last night: you were a wonderful audience and thanks for telling me your names – some of which are: Barbara, Joe, Tom, Chris, Steve, Steve, Fiona, Robin, Tarquin, Sue, Archibald, Kate, Joni, Fats, Bessie, James, Jimothy, Helen, Dave, Julian, Nictoria and Louis – har har.

Anyway here is my blog fing on my web which you might like to look at. Some of you have been seeing my Facebox page which always just leads to here anyway. Would you like to look round my website? If you get bored of writingy bits then just look at the pictures and cartoons.

I shall be with Keith Donnelly again at the big hall (Punch Tavern place) doing Beatles yay!!

In the meantime – guess which one of you this is seen at Folk Fest?

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Vin Garbutt

I’m really sad to hear Vin died yesterday. 69 is too young.

I loved his music and his chat. So funny and so poignant at the same time. Here’s a photo of him doing a gig in 2007 where I was doing the support for him at East Grinstead – plus a cartoon I gave to him (courtesy of Martin Snodin) as he kindly gave me chocolate…DSC_0378WebVinlive1webAnnalive 1