Haggler’s Corner presents…
Annie and Luke share a common love for classic songwriting, intricate melodies and poetic lyrics.
Since moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK eight years ago, Annie Dressner has gained considerable recognition for her live shows as well as her recorded material. Upon its release, Dressner’s second studio album, Broken Into Pieces, produced by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore), received a wealth of positive reviews, with Shire Folk calling it “one of the freshest and most enjoyable releases of 2018”.
Dressner’s songs are delivered with such conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her music has been played on BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music by Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft and Steve Lamacq, and a whole host of regional radio stations and has featured regularly on the Caffe Nero in-store playlist.
Annie has toured extensively in her native New York and in the UK, playing festivals such as Green Man, Cambridge Folk Festival and Secret Garden Party, and she has supported a wide range of artists including Emily Barker, Simone Felice, Kirsty McGee, Juan Zelada, Gavin Osborne, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Fossil Collective.
She is also one half of The Pollyanna Band with Polly Paulusma.
In November 2018, Luke James Williams released his debut EP Drove. The first single, ‘Rabbit Hole’, received airplay on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, whilst other cuts from the EP have been featured and played by Folk Radio UK and Hype Machine.
Second single ‘Still In Bed’ has received huge support from BBC6 Music DJ Tom Robinson, who recently chose it as his 6Music Recommends Track of 2019 so far. It has subsequently been played across the station by Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq. The song has also attracted a large listenership on Spotify, currently approaching 50,000 plays on the platform.
Luke has received rave reviews for his engaging and emotive live performances and has supported artists such as Stu Larsen, The Little Unsaid and Megson. Drawing influences from the likes of Sufjan Stevens and PJ Harvey, Williams paints pictures with words and sings them in his own distinctly British voice. Annie and Luke share a common love for classic songwriting, intricate melodies and poetic lyrics. They complement each other perfectly, and the chance to see them perform their music in a range of intimate venues around the country is an opportunity not to be missed.