Hill Country Live Presents
Annie & The Beekeepers
410 7th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20004
Annie & The Beekeepers
“Lynch and the Beekeepers create symphonic, slow- burning tunes that strike a lovely balance between heavy emotion and light, sparse sound…”
Annie Lynch began her love of live music while eavesdropping on the Cape Cod Little Fiddlers’ painstakingly squeaky rehearsal in the gym of her elementary school en route to after-school pickup. This was music to her ears. The sound of their little uneven bows on the cheap instruments might as well have been that of a world-class orchestra. She begged her parents for a violin, a wish they were pleased to grant, and screeched her way through five years of Suzuki lessons until she discovered the music of Joni Mitchell and began to sing. Guitar followed singing, writing followed guitar, and by the time Annie was fourteen, creating and performing songs had seemingly become a vital necessity to her coming of age. Her love of bowed instruments would continue though, thankfully, her violin has not since been publicly unearthed.
After several teenage years of playing locally in coffeehouses on Cape Cod, Annie attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she met the musicians who would become known as “The Beekeepers”, Alexandra Spalding (Cello and Voice), Ken Woodward (Bass), and Mat Davidson (multi-instrumentalist). Annie and The Beekeepers recorded a demo of Annie’s songs in the winter of 2006, and continued on to release their self-titled debut, Annie Lynch and The Beekeepers in 2007 with Grammy-nominated producer-engineer, Jack Gauthier. The album was given rave reviews from the likes of The Boston Globe and Paste Magazine, and receives frequent airplay on Boston’s WUMB and WERS, and NYC’s WFUV amongst others. The city’s Americana music scene warmly embraced Annie and The Beekeepers, and it took little time for the foursome to gather northeastern notoriety.
In 2009, the group released their EP, Squid Hell Sessions, named after the studio in the Jamaica Plane neighborhood of Boston where Berklee peers, Adrian Olsen and Kyle VandeKerkhoff, recorded the bulk of the EP. Amidst the release of Squid Hell Sessions, the band relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Annie and The Beekeepers went on to tour nationally, sharing stages at venues like NYC’s Town Hall and Bowery Ballroom, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with the likes of Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, David Wax Museum, The Low Anthem, and Lissie. Annie and The Beekeepers have performed at notable festivals such as SXSW, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and Boston Folk Festival. In September of 2010, the band embarked on their first UK tour, highlighted by a slot at End of the Road music festival in Dorset.
Upon completion of this tour, the band changed outfits to create the newly-released and already critically acclaimed album, “My Bonneville”, named after Annie’s first car. Annie and The Beekeepers, now including multi-instrumentalists, Jeni Magana, Javier Cruz, and Keenan O’Meara released “My Bonneville” with headlining shows at NYC’s Joe’s Pub and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Performer Magazine describes “My Bonneville” as “American roots music, sweetly intimate with vast boot-stomping songwriting”. The album is due to be rereleased in March of 2013.
“When I first listened, it was one of the few times in months where I dropped everything and just sat down. When was the last time you really sat down and just stopped everything to listen? Lynch has achieved that and so much more with her modest three-piece band.” Consequence of Sound
“Lynch’s understated vocals and songwriting are reminiscent of Jolie Holland or the Be Good Tanyas…”
“As Annie & the Beekeepers continue to record and tour on a half-Country, half-Folk platform, the distinctions between the genres grow less and less distinct to them. It reflects in the group’s sometimes bluesy, sometimes jazzy renditions of Folk and Country songs. The group seems more inclined to keep coloring outside the lines of mainstream music’s expectations.” Cincinnati City Beat