UPDATE 22 MARCH 2023 This event is postponed – more details to follow. A new date will be posted here ASAP.
It’s always good to come across new artists. Annie Dressner wasn’t really on my radar. However, I picked up one of her Tweets when she asked: Has anyone done any house concerts that have been quite good? Who knows about such things? Thanks! (In the UK). As you might expect I responded with a few links about House Gigs here in Billericay and Annie replied: Amazing! I’d love to get involved! Having listened to some of Annie’s music I think she’d be perfect for the discerning Billericay Rectory audience and so Annie will be playing on Friday 16 June 2023.
About Annie Dressner
Since moving from her hometown of NYC to the UK eleven years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has garnered rave reviews for her recordings and live performances. From her debut ‘Strangers…’, her EP ‘East Twenties’ and her second full-length ‘Broken…’, Dressner has gone from strength to strength. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front row seat to her stories. Her music has drawn comparisons to an up-tempo Mazzy Star, an understated Jenny Lewis, Soccer Mommy & Phoebe Bridgers.
Annie’s songs have received considerable airplay on Radio 2 and 6 Music (Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft) and Radio 1 via her cowrite with Saturday Night Gym Club ‘The Nowhere Team.’ She released her third studio album, ‘Coffee At The Corner Bar’ with producer Paul Goodwin in 2020. Along with a set of new original songs, the album includes a Magnetic Fields cover & a co-write with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. She is currently recording her fourth studio album.
Annie has collaborated and co-written songs with David Ford, Polly Paulusma, Matthew Caws, The Last Dinosaur, Saturday Night Gym Club, & Tim Gordine.
Annie has performed at the Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cluny2, Green Note, Norwich Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Night & Day among countless other venues and has shared stages with Echobelly, Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Emily Barker, Simone Felice, The East Pointers, David Ford, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Fossil Collective. Last February she co-headlined tours with Polly Paulusma & Luke James Williams. Her music is also in Crucible Films’ ‘Drive Me To The End’ directed by Richard Summers-Calvert.
Recently, she was shortlisted for Female Artist of the Year 2020 by Fatea Magazine. She is half of the duo ‘David Ford & Annie Dressner’ which began after they went on tour in January, and subsequently recorded an album within 48 hours of the tour, that took 48 hours to write and recorded it in one 13 hour live session. The album is titled ’48 Hours with David Ford & Annie Dressner’ and was released 1 July 2022. 48 Hours, reached #23 in ‘The Official Folk Albums Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo.’ Most recently, they have released a live album titled ’10 Days’ from their The Summer Holiday tour, released 2023.
Annie Dressner & David Ford’s duo can be found here – DressnerFord.com
About House Gigs
A House Gig provides a unique experience for both artists and audience in an intimate setting and is quite unlike any other gig you will attend. That’s why artists are always asking to come back! Some of my most favourite gigs have taken place in my lounge!
A House Gig is a private invitation to the Rectory from Paula and me. You can contact me on email@example.com if you’d like to be considered for a place and I’ll get back to you to confirm your attendance. Maximum two tickets per person – spaces are limited! I usually receive more applicants than places, but I do set up a reserve list.
Doors will open at 7.00 pm (or 6.45 pm if you’re so excited you can’t wait, or you simply want more drinking time!) and Annie will play two sets from 7.30 pm (ish!). We’ll provide some hot food during the interval (with a veggie option) all for the amazing price of £20 (payable in advance, please – I’ll give you details about how to pay when your invitation is confirmed). There will also be a reasonably priced honesty bar available!
A House Gig is a cosy (!?) affair and, whilst we provide seating for most people, some of you will be required to sit on the floor – we’ll provide a comfy cushion for you (we have plenty of these) – so you might want to dress accordingly! Just so you know, we always encourage folk to swap around for the second set!
Please remember a House Gig is a listening event rather than a talking event. Please read the article below before you apply to come!