Anna Ludlow – Fiddler, Singer and Songwriter
When Anna Ludlow performs, an energy fuelled by passion builds. It’s written on her face as, eyes closed, she feels the music flowing through her fiddle. Her audiences are drawn in, moved, changed; it’s pure joy!
Studying under and collaborating with some of eastern Canada’s most celebrated artists led her to an opportunity in 2005 to take her music to the next level, signing-on as the principal fiddle player for DRUM!, the critically acclaimed (and Juno nominated) touring production from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Anna’s musical style and performance energy was a match made in heaven with DRUM!, as the production captures the traditional sounds of four founding Canadian cultures into a harmony which has wowed sold-out audiences across North America.
Since then, her career has flourished and she has entertained royalty, celebrities and Olympic athletes. Her wealth of experience set the stage for her to release her debut album “Reel to Reel” in 2010 which drew nominations from both Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Awards. While Anna loved the traditional tunes from mainland Nova Scotia – as well as nearby Celtic-music haven, Cape Breton – other sounds were reaching her as well, with blues, jazz, world rhythms and modern electronic beats seeping into her musical consciousness. What emerged was a style all her own – something Anna calls “Maritime Fiddle Fusion”; It offers the raw energy of stripped-down tradition, then makes it new and relevant with sounds that speak of more recent times and influences. When Anna sings, the picture is complete.
The Fall of 2017 awaits her much-anticipated, sophomore release. Drawing on the spirit of her working class Nova Scotian ancestry, Anna Ludlow fuses traditional Celtic tunes with a modern percussive vibe and showcases her versatility as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and step-dancer. Weaving this with other cultural influences, she focuses on a high energy performance dedicated to carrying traditional tunes into the next generation.