A lifetime’s dedication to her art has made Annie Gallup an icon among people who take songwriting seriously. Unabashedly imaginative and sensual, her elaborate song-length works of fiction crackle with wordplay and pulse with insistent rhythm. Borrowing forms from ancient folk tales to modern poetry, Annie sings over her bluesy guitar figures as if sharing secrets. Not many songwriters take the kinds of risks that Annie does, and barely any can pull them off with such deft, startling mastery.

Annie grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studied dance as a child but music, country blues in particular, was her secret obsession. As she taught herself to play guitar (hiding in her room after school, copping licks from old Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson and Dave Van Ronk albums that she found at the public library) it never occurred to her NOT to write songs for herself to play. So by the time she began performing publicly in the early 90s (after attending the University of Michigan School of Art and then moving west to chase her incurable wanderlust) she had internalized a songwriting style that was very distinctively her own, and that had evolved from her fascination with country blues, her love of words, a dancer’s sense of rhythm, and the sort of playful inventiveness that comes from doing something purely for its own reward. Annie has a dozen CDs on various indie labels, including Waterbug, and 1-800-PRIMECD and has performed at concert venues and festivals across North America. Now living in Rockland, Maine, she also records as the duo Hat Check Girl, with Peter Gallway.

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Selected Performances

Mariposa Folk Festival, Orilia, ON
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB
Summerfolk Festival, Owen Sound ON
Vancouver Island Musicfest, Comox BC
Boston Folk Festival, Boston MA
Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS
Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa ON
Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Ann Arbor MI
Frostbite Music Festival, Whitehorse YT
Great River Folk Festival, LaCrosse WI
Forksville Folk Festival, Forksville PA
South Country Fair, Fort Macleod AB
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON
Kerrville Wine and Music Festival, Kerrville TX
Fox Valley Folk Festival, Genesee IL
Nickelodeon Folk Club, Calgary AB
Full Moon Folk Club, Edmonton AB
Rogue Folk Club, Vancouver BC
Lethbridge Folk Club, Lethbridge AB
The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
WFMT Folkstage, Chicago IL
Trinity Backstage, Santa Barbara CA
Uncle Calvin’s, Dallas TX
Passim, Boston MA
Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville NC
Sand Hills Writer’s Workshop, Augusta GA
Lamb’s Retreat, Harbor Springs MI
Box Factory for the Arts, St Joseph MI
Tomorrows River Concerts, Amherst WI
The Bottom Line, New York NY
Swallow Hill, Denver CO
Evening Star, Sautee GA
St John’s Pub, Portland OR
Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg WI
Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Anderson Fair, Houston TX
Rasputin’s, Ottawa ON
Seattle Folklore Society, Seattle WA
The Folkway, Peterborough NH
Eddie’s Attic, Decatur GA
Johnny D’s, Somerville MA
Main Street Cafe, Homestead FL
Traditions, Olympia WA

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Sing Out!—"...Fitting what seems like a complete novel in a several minute song, Gallup leaves you knowing the people she has created, what they look like, and their innermost passions. Her folk-rap delivery presents the story lines in a mix of poetry and prose. If she were on the library shelf she'd be amid the best sellers, and I don't think that the folk world fully appreciates her lyrical strengths. She presents usual scenes unusually, playing with words and rhythm..." more reviews