ANNE RENSHAW SINGS! Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
After her 2012 sell-out show Anne returned to the Acoustic Music Centre for yet another sell-out show on Wednesday August 14th 2013 to sing some of her own much praised songs plus a few of her favourite 'other' folk songs. She was joined by her friends 'Muckle Flugga' a local group who play every Monday night in the Whiski Bar in Edinburgh's Royal Mile where they are very popular with locals and visitors alike.
Very sadly on Saturday 3rd August Dave Gifford, founding member of Muckle Flugga (centre of photograph), passed away after a brave battle with cancer. Many thanks are due to the other two members of Muckle Flugga - Bob Crosbie and Dave's daughter Claire Murdoch who were determined to carry on representing the style and spirit of Muckle Flugga and still took part in the show. Dave was a lovely man - a true gentleman and very fine musician. He will be sorely missed.
On Tuesday 29th along with other members of Balerno Folk Club Anne sang at the annual 'Burns Nicht'. As in previous years it was a full house and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Anne took part in Sangstream's 'Open Mic' session on Saturday 27th April at the Teviot Union Debating Hall as part of Tradfest 2013.
* Anne entered her new song 'Branxton' about the battle of Flodden for the annual Edinburgh Folk Club songwriting competition on 5th June and was very pleased to come 2nd equal in the 'audience' vote.
* As part of Yetholm Festival Week there was an evening of entertainment in Wauchope Town Hall on Thursday June 6th. Anne started and finished the first half off with some songs, including of course her two 'Yetholm' ones - 'The Gipsy Queen' and 'The Sheep Song'!
Every Wednesday during the summer months there is an evening of music called 'Hawick Sings' which is held in the Hawick Burns Club. Anne was delighted to be asked to be one of the 'Headline Acts' for Wednesday July 10th.
* Anne was invited by Kenny McDonald of Black Diamond radio to be a guest on his 'Saturday Show' on August 3rd.
* As well as appearing in her own show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Anne also sang with 'Linten Adie' on Sunday August 11th at the Acoustic Music Centre in the 'Big Room'. Linten Adie were delighted that so many tickets were sold and to have such an appreciative audience.
* Balerno Folk Club held a charity concert on Friday August 30th at Balerno Bowling Club. The concert showcased the talents of club members including Anne and a grand night was had by all.
* On 7th September at 7.30pm in the Victoria Hall Selkirk, there will be a performance of John Nichol's 'Soddin' Flodden' followed by a concert. This event is being organised by the Selkirk Flodden 500 Association to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle. Anne has been invited to sing a few songs at the concert and among them will be her new song 'Branxton' which she wrote after visiting the battle site. Tickets are available from 48 Market Place, Selkirk at £8 for downstairs (Bar area) and £5 for the Balcony.
* Madelaine Cave has invited Anne to appear on her show 'Lowland Folk' on Tuesday Sept 10th from 7 - 9pm on newly launched internet radio station Radio Saltire formerly East Lothian FM.
BEEN AND GONE - HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012
A spot in 'Bonnie Collier Lads & Lassies' at the Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange - organised by Ewan MacVicar, Siobhan Miller and Iyaah Warren.
* Release of debut CD 'Awakening'
* Interview on Kenny McDonald's programme on Black Diamond FM
3rd prize for a new song 'A Child Somewhere in Africa' at Edinburgh Folk Club's annual songwriting competition
Spot in a concert at Tyninghame Village Hall, East Lothian hosted and organised by Madelaine Cave who presents a folk music programme on East Coast FM
* EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL SELLOUT SHOW 'Anne Renshaw Sings' at the Acoustic Music Centre on Saturday August 11th joined by friends Andrew Lyons and Ian Main who host a session at No. 1 High Street on three Thursdays a month. The show gained a 4* review some of which is quoted below - full contents at BroadwayBaby.com -
'Her songs, inspired by her local surroundings and life growing up in the Borders delight the audience with their melodic charm and sweet humour. Notable favourites include her composition inspired by the Isle of Arran, Edinburgh's Number 37 bus and her father's valiant sheep rescue in the Borders. Certainly, if you're looking to immerse yourself in local Scottish culture, this show is a great way of doing so. All three musicians have an excellent rapport with the audience but most importantly the music is enjoyable. All in all it is an enchanting evening.'
Andrew Lyons & Ian Main
* A slot in a charity concert held by Balerno Folk Club which raised well over £600 for Balerno Riding for the Disabled.
Appearance in the Festival Showcase at the Linlithgow Folk Festival
* Guest for the evening on Madelaine Cave's folk programme on East Coast FM
* Short interview on Donald Strachan's 'Drivetime' programme then guest on 'Big Boots and Celtic Roots' presented by Fiona Elcoat on Generate Radio
* Singing at a SERVAS Open Evening at Penicuik Arts Association Hall
* shared gig with Ian Main and Andrew Lyons at the Traquair Arms at Innerleithen for Music, Verse and Stories
* spot in fundraising concert 'Songs Under a Saltire Sky' for East Coast FM in Athelstaneford Village Hall on St Andrew's Night
* Winner of the prize for the funniest song at 'Nitten' Folk Club's songwriting competition for another new song 'Senior Moments'