Skye’s certainly not the limit for folk queen Anna

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You wouldn’t expect a Scottish folk singer who grew up on the Isle of Skye and in Glasgow to have much knowledge of the Fylde coast.

That’s where you’d be wrong.

Anna MacDonald, who has been a highly-respected singer-songwriter north of the border since releasing her debut EP in 2010, plays a special one-off gig at The Pavilion cafe in Ashton Gardens, St Annes, tomorrow night.

And there’s a reason why the London-based musician is heading to this neck of the woods – she has fond memories of the area.

“At least once a year throughout my childhood I came to St Annes,” said 30-year-old Anna.

“My uncle – my mum’s youngest brother – lived there with his wife and children; still does actually.

“I really used to love 
going there – unlike Skye, it has 
actual sand on the beach and it doesn’t rain all the time!

“I’ll be staying with him for a couple of nights while I’m in St Annes. Because I’m constantly on tour I always turn up with a huge suitcase and he always looks really worried, as if he’s scared I might be moving in!

“It will be nice to see family again and to see St Annes itself – I’m looking forward to the gig.”

MacDonald was raised in the folk-ceilidh tradition but also plays jazz and pop material, depending on where she’s gigging.

“If I’m in Scotland I tend to play more Gaelic influenced music; if I’m playing in a London hotel then I’ll switch to more mainstream things,” she said.

Just what she’ll play in St Annes then is anyone’s guess but you can be sure it will be quality.

She made a name for herself in 2010 with the release of the EP ‘You Held Out Your Hand’, which caught the 
attention of many in the industry and led to slots at various festivals.

She has since done a UK tour, performed alongside London’s Portobello Orchestra, and released a second EP at the end of 2011.

An album, being mixed in LA, is due out soon.

Anna will be performing at The Pavilion tomorrow with Rosie Bans, an artist well worth seeing in her own right.

The music starts at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £10 seating, £5 standing, are available from The Pavilion or by calling the venue on 01253 724440.