I am a half-German, half-American singer and accordionist. Ever since my grandpa started playing his accordion to me as a little child I have wanted to play it too. I just love the deep and full sounds and the little quirky noises the accordion makes and I don’t know any other instrument that can be so versatile and expressive.
Having played in various bands (The Irrepressibles, Haunted Stereo, Moneytree) and worked with solo artists (Katy Carr, Jake Flowers, Helen McCookerybook, Ana Silvera), I decided to start my own project in 2010. The “Turn-Turn-Turn” EP was released on UK label Sotones Records in September that year and in February 2011 we toured the work in the USA.
2012 saw the release of my debut album “An Estimation” on Sotones Records with four supporting singles – And Her Head (September 2011), A Kiss (January 2012), Italian Song (May 2012) and Instigate It (August 2012).
After tours in the US and in Canada in 2013 and 2014, I have now released my second album “Quincy Who Waits” on Sotones Records in July 2014. The singles “Too Many Words” (June 2014) and “Henry Lives” (August 2014) are out now on the same label.
“Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show.” (Q Music)
“Smart songwriting from an emerging talent.” (R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine)
“A New Orleans funeral dirge, and that is not a slight.” (Music News)
“Vocals that will set your world ablaze.” (Train Wreck’d Society)
“Anja’s vocals soar with feeling as the mood is extricated by the music.” (For Folks Sake)
“Anja’s ethereal vocals merge with the rich and full-bodied sound of the accordion to give an eerie, mournful impression that will stay with you long after you’ve taken the headphones off.” (Stereoboard)
“…reminds me of the experience of hearing Joanna Newsom for the first time. Certainly, their musical styles diverge, but there is a passion in both Newsom’s and McCloskey’s performances that underscores the passion felt for their off-beat choice of instruments.” (Shh Music)
“I’m utterly blown away by her” (405 Blog)
The wonderful musicians who work with me: Andy Harris (electric guitar, vocals), Ben Jennings (violin), Brad Walters (guitar), Campbell Austin (guitar, vocals), Carolyn Rogers (cello), Dan Whitehouse (guitar, vocals), David Miatt (guitar, vocals), Emma Gatrill (harp, clarinet), Gary Raisbeck (guitar, vocals), Hannah Drollinger (violin), Hannah Miller (cello), Hollie Chapman (violin), Joseph Kelly (double bass), Fredrik Kinbom (lapsteel guitar), Laura Valle (violin), Marcus Hamblett (guitar), Mike Porter (clarinet), Mikey Kenney (violin, vocals), Oliver Austin (drums), Patricia Spodzieja (viola), Richard Lomax (vocals), Ruth Skipper (vocals), Sam Hall (violin)
The creative team: Kate Flores (illustration), Gillian Sore (videos), John Stewart of Vision Productions (videos), The Ranch (mastering), Johnny Toaster (layouting), Joe McDonald (animation), James Crawford (animation, videos), Billy Mather (illustration), John Stewart/ Vision Productions (videos), Eloise Rose (artist), Joanna Rose Tidey (artist), KLV (artist), J.J. Stevens (artist), Helena Larsen (make-up artist), CSC Studio Hamburg (recording), Pete Maher (mastering), Adam Prosser (photography), Jennifer Schofield (photography)