ANNA COOGAN AND WILLIE B
From the website:
"Coogan's singular guitar (which can also be heard on Johnny Dowd's recordings) is often reflective yet wandering, restrained yet expansive, holding on yet letting go ... or, how far the journey from here to a star? The songs, some written with her drummer and bandmate Willie B., sometimes ride the waves of an extreme force, sometimes juxtaposing words and music, sometimes a parallel course, and never less than intriguing, with Coogan's operatically trained voice used to great effect. At its core the album concerns the passage of time and the spaces and people in between. "- Amos Perrine
Anna is touring her widely-acclaimed new album ‘The Lonely Cry of Space and Time’, a distinct stylistic change from her previous work. The reviews have been excellent. ‘Glorious’ said the Glasgow Metro, ‘A must see act, a festival highlight’ according to The Times.
She sings about the rising oceans, seeking other worlds, collateral damage, and how we sink or swim together. The album combines Anna’s operatically trained three-octave soprano vocals, electric guitar soundscapes and pointed social commentary in a musical hybrid of rock, country, pop and classical opera.
There have been many attempts at rock opera in the past, but The Lonely Cry of Space & Time is something different. Call it operatic rock, a genre previously explored by the likes of Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, Lene Lovich, Yoko Ono and Freddie Mercury, among others. Anna studied opera at the prestigious Mozarteum University of Salzburg in Austria, before moving to Seattle, where she worked as a fisheries biologist in Washington State and Alaska, which goes a long way to explaining her frequent use of water as a metaphor.
We love to bring you performances that you won’t easily see elsewhere, and this is certainly one of them.