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Anna Mieke is an Irish musician and songwriter, based in County Wicklow. Her debut album ‘Idle Mind’, described as “a strikingly confident collection of songs, full of blue sky thinking and wide open horizons” by the Irish Times, was released independently in April 2019. Inspiration for her writing stems from a colourful background of experience: learning Maori songs at school in New Zealand, cycling through Europe, living in Granada, learning folk songs in Bulgaria and performing cello in the Cork-based experimental improv group, HEX. Anna Mieke performs with percussionist Matthew Jacobson, Ryan Hargadon on saxophone, synth and Brían Mac Gloinn on fiddle and harmonium. She has shared stages with many other artists, including playing support shows for the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Martin Hayes, This Is The Kit, Lankum, Gyda Valtysdottir (múm) and Rozi Plain. She was nominated for the RTÉ Folk Award ‘Best Emerging Act’ 2019 following her album release. Anna Mieke is also one-third of the singing trio Rufous Nightjar, whose debut album is set for release next year.
“A deliciously bearable lightness of being defines Anna Mieke’s debut album. It’s a strikingly confident collection of 10 songs, full of blue sky thinking and wide open horizons… Idle Mind is a slow burner (in the very best sense) that promises many fresh revelations with each return visit. A deliriously renewable energy source”
– Siobhan Long, The Irish Times
“Indeed, Idle Mind is not just a stunning debut record, nor is it just an amazing Irish record: it’s a record that proves Mieke to be one of the most promising artists on the Irish independent sphere and mature musician and songwriter whose work deserves to be heard far and wide”
– The Thin Air
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