Here is to 2015!

A look back at a wonderful year of music, friends and travelling the world

So as 2014 comes to an end, I want to take a few minutes to look back at a great and eventful year of music, friends and travelling the world and I want to thank you all for being a part of it! I had such a wonderful time and many adventures along the way. There were so many gigs – in Canada, in the UK, in continental Europe – lots of radio sessions, live video performances and interesting encounters. Here are a few of my highlights

Canada and Still EP

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In order to celebrate the release of my joint EP “Still” with Dan Whitehouse on Sotones Records in January, I started February with a winter tour of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, together with Dan Whitehouse, as well as Hannah Miller from Moulettes. We had never been to Canada before and did not realise that in February it looks like this:

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Nevertheless, we set off in our little hire car and all-seasonal tires and mastered the great snowy mountains.

We made some great purchases, including these awesome cowboy boots:

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One morning, we got up at 5am and nearly hit a moose in the dark to play at Sun Country FM in Alberta. According to the radio presenter “you only hit a moose once.”

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We encountered giant vehicles that we could not possibly imagine what they were for:

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We saw A LOT of snow:

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But most importantly, we met lots and lots of great people and had great fun playing all over British Columbia and Alberta. Thank you all!

“Quincy Who Waits”

Pre-order Anja's second album Quincy Who Waits now. The first 100 will receive a special printed short story with illustrations from Billy Mather!

The recording of my new album “Quincy Who Waits” saw many of my musician friends come to Germany to record at CSC studios, including Fredrik Kinbom, Mikey Kenney (Ottersgear), Campbell Austin (TS Idiot, Moneytree), Hollie Chapman and Joseph Kelly (Etao Shin). This was combined with a string of concerts at the Industrial Museum in Elmshorn and even a concert at a sheep farm in Kronprinzenkoog. A lot of fun was had.

The album was released on Sotones Records in July of 2014 and was praised all around, which I was of course very happy with.

“Smart songwriting from an emerging talent.” (R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine)

“McCloskey is in a league of her own – her voice is like nothing I’ve heard before.” (Sophie Porter, femalearts.com)

“This is a consistently excellent collection of folk tunes that sees McCloskey reflect, experiment and uplift, bringing the listener into her unique world. It’s a world where the ‘difficult second album’ theory never gets a chance to come into any effect whatsoever.” (For Folks Sake)

“One of the prettiest albums of the year…together they have created a record of great warmth and elegantly immersive moods” (4/5, Russ Coffey, The Arts Desk)

“A fine, fine piece of work…an often moving and beautiful album with some quite stunning vocals and musical arrangements could quite easily be one of the surprise releases of the year.” (8.5/10, Paul Scott-Bates, Louder Than War)

We released two singles from it. The first one, “Too Many Words” came with a video directed by John Stewart and featuring paper art from an array of very talented artists – Eloise Rose, KLV and Joanna Rose Tidey. Thanks also to Michael Stevens and Nicole Yiannaka for dancing/acting, Anwen Sheppard and J.J. Stevens for their assistance, and to Helena Larsen for make-up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG3KBtI8XVk

I also worked with Brook Morgan, who created a short-motion animation for the second single, “Henry Lives”. We were lucky enough to have the Wanderlust Film Festival screen the video as part of its shortfilm series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o100hiNfn-c

If you don’t have a copy of the CD yet, please buy it from my online shop :-)

Moskinalker Tour

One of my personal highlights of the year was my month-long tour through Europe with Sam Walker, Fredrik Kinbom and Moulettes. We called it the Moskinalker tour, a combination of all our names, and an imaginary creature that took on more and more shape as we travelled through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and France in our smoky van.

We played in churches, industrial museums, houses, old cinemas and radio stations and we had so much fun, we might do it all again next year.

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See you in the new year!

So, here is to 2015 and all the musical and life adventures that are sure to come. I want to thank you all for supporting me over the past year and I look forward to seeing you again next year :-)