Anna Mitchell released her debut album ‘Down to the Bone’ on Feb 13th 2015.
‘Down to the Bone’ captures the songwriter confidently moving between soulful Americana, brooding late night ballads and country tinged folk, paying homage to the traditions and influences that went before while carving out a unique and contemporary space for her voice to be heard.
‘Down to the Bone’-
Recorded at Monique studios by Christian Best ( Mick Flannery / O Emperor).
Anna sat behind an old Yamaha upright piano, with a 6 piece band sensitively recording assured performances that highlight the mood of Mitchell’s songs with an appreciation of the craft of storytelling, songwriting and expression.
“The album was recorded and mixed in my friend Christian’s studio over a couple of sessions, We set the band set up throughout his house and recorded the tracks onto an old studer tape machine. It’s a home studio so there’s a lovely calm atmosphere there , the kettle’s always on!”
Singles ‘ Lets Run Away’ & ‘What’s a Fool To Do’ have been championed on Irish National radio by Seán Rocks , Alf McCarthy, Fiachna Ó Braonáun & John Creedon on Rte Radio 1 and saw Anna being named ‘Irish Artist of the Month’ by Galway Bay Fm and Highland Radio in Donegal. Live ‘in studio’ sessions with Charlie Mcgettigan ( winner of Eurovision ‘94, with the classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids) 96fm and news talk as well as a national television appearance on RTE’ 2’s Two Tube further cementing Anna’s flourishing status in Ireland.
BBC radio and Resonance FM have begun to pick up on Mitchell’s music in the U.K with the latter inviting Anna to headline a showcase show for the station at Green Note, Camden , London.
With a reputation as a passionate live performer able to capture an audience, Anna has performed and toured with many celebrated singers & songwriters including Sarah Jarosz , Aoife O’Donovan, Mick Flannery, John Smith, Duke Special, Lisa Hannigan, Simone Felice & many more. So impressed was the celebrated American poet and songwriter Simone Felice, he invited her to join him on 5 week European tour in winter ‘14 stopping off in Ireland , U.K , Belgium and Luxembourg as well as a 3 week tour throughout the states in May/June ‘15.
A quick trip to Woodstock in Feb saw Anna at Applehead studios in Woodstock , singing, playing piano, harmonium & percussion for a live recording of Simone’s new double album ‘From The Violent Banks Of The Kaaterskill’ ( also feat. The Felice Brothers, Simi Stone & Gabriel Dresdale) which will be released this summer on Mighty Hudson Records.
“If David Lynch were to reset Blue Velvet in the wilds of West Cork, then Anna Mitchell’s evocative, dark songs of life and love’s painful kiss would sit well on the soundtrack” (Joe Breen) ★ ★ ★ ★- The Irish Times
“Anna Mitchell debuts beautifully on her album, her soft singing is like being kissed better”- Mark Watkins, Blast FM U.K
“fully formed, deeply crafted, a serene songwriting experience produced and performed with pristine precision,.”- Thelastmixedtape.com
‘stark and startling, love, loss, hope and desperation are all explored’ – Irish Mirror
‘Hauntingly Beautiful’- RTE.ie