Annie Lou

“Annie Lou’s music is loose and playful, intense and breezy; performed by a smart woman and her highly polished sizzling band.” -  John Apice, No Depression Magazine

Anne Louise Genest – guitar, vocals, banjo  Sarah Hamilton – fiddle, vocals  
Andrew Collins – mandolin, fiddle, guitar  Max Heineman – upright bass, vocals

2015 CFMA nominee
2015 Independent Music Award nominee
2012 CFMA nominee x 2!
2010 Juno nominee
2010 WCMA nominee
2010 Galaxie Rising Star nominee
2009 CFMA nominee


Annie Lou is Anne Louise Genest, an artist who travels with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime folk, mountain, and traditional country and bluegrass music. “This music has a profound edge to it – in the voices and in the playing is the lament we all carry as people trying to get by in this beautiful, terrible world”, Genest says. “Joy and grief are two sides of the same coin. The older music expresses that tension so perfectly.” 

True to this sentiment, she writes songs that have a way of breaking the heart and then putting it back together again. She has spent years chronicling the rural lifepaths of Canada, writing songs to tell the tales of the hard-hit, hard-won victories of these everymen and women. Beautifully creative songs and tunes range from rousing and boisterous to gentle and poignant, and map a homescape of hard-drinking grandmas, rural dancehalls, blue collar fashions, small towns, big cities. All of this is delivered with Genest’s vocal warmth, evocative of the sweet tones of Kate and Anna McGarrigle blended with the raw emotion of Hazel Dickens.

A Juno and multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Genest and her band offer deep nods to the older traditions and a modern feel that connects the past to the present. With seasoned Canadian acoustic champs Andrew Collins on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals, Sarah Hamilton on fiddle and vocals, and Max Heineman on upright bass and vocals, the Annie Lou Band is a tight instrumental and vocal ensemble that offers superb musicianship and joyful energy.


Grandma's Rules For Drinking 

“There’s an intoxicating quality to this sophomore release by Annie Lou…it transports you back to simpler times, at the barn dance, sipping from a flask and twirling around the dance floor with your beloved. Each song is sung and played with skill, humour and gusto, with fine talent and craftsmanship throughout, just what you’d expect from a genre rooted in traditional values.”  Doug Swanson, Penguin Eggs

     Booking inquiries -  Email:  Frank Hoorn/Near North Music  Phone: (250) 847-5228


Annie Lou plays original string band music
that is rooted in tradition and is a vibrant celebration of our culture and our times
that moves the heart as well as the feet.

Frank Hoorn/Near North Music



This 2014 release continues to be a presence on Folk International DJ charts. Tried and True includes collaborations with some of the best of Canadian acoustic musicians. “With this album my goal was to explore songs in a broader musical context, beyond strictly stringband instrumentation, while keeping them rooted in the older traditional music I love so well.” The result is an irresistible collection of musical delights that showcases songwriting that is compelling and inspired, with deep nods to classic country, mountain ballads, early southern banjo, bluegrass, old time tunes, and a modern feel that appeals to a wide range of audiences.


Artist Links:
Annie Lou Website
Annie Lou Facebook

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