Annie Lou is built around the original songwriting of Anne Louise Genest, who spent twenty years living in the Yukon woods. Now relocated to the balmier shores of Vancouver Island, Genest carries the spirit of an old storyteller inside her, and this voice, mixed with the stringband sounds of fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass, traces a journey through days gone by to the here and now.
Genest founded Annie Lou after being drawn to old time mountain and traditional country music. It was in these older musical traditions that Genest found her muse and set out to explore her original music in the context of oldtime stringband sounds. “This music has a profound edge to it - there in the voices and in the playing is the lament we all carry as people, just trying to get by in this beautiful, terrible world.” says Genest. “Joy and grief are two sides of the same coin. The older music expresses that tension so perfectly."
Genest’s first outing as Annie Lou brought 2010 Juno and WCMA nominations, and her sophomore release “Grandma’s Rules for Drinking” was nominated for two 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards - English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year.