Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna Tam gives traditional British songs her own loving personal twist. She sings with a clear bright voice and accompanies herself on a selection of traditional and historical string instruments including the nyckelharpa, viola da gamba, hurdy gurdy, cello and whatever else she can find. Her approach to the folk tradition is centred in the stories the songs tell and the people who lived them.
Shortlisted as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by Fatea Magazine in 2020 for her work with her group ‘Wilde Roses’ Anna is excited to be releasing her debut solo album ‘Anchoress’ on 23rd April 2021.
“an extraordinary vocal performance” Folking
“an engaging programme, performed with brio and style” Fatea
“Anna you’re our discovery of the week” Acoustic Café Radio Show
Anna formed the trio Wilde Roses in 2017 to passionately pursue her enthusiasm for researching and performing historical folk music. The group have toured in the US and Europe and released two albums to critical acclaim. Their second album ‘Woven’ was released in Autumn 2020 on the Rubicon Classics label and they are looking forward to touring it in the US in 2022.
“lingering and memorable songs…they pull you inexorably into a delicate fabric of instruments and voices” FolkWords
“The selection process that led to this seventeen track release cannot be praised enough.” Bright Young Folk
The Ale House
The Ale House is a delightful and intimate concert venue, with warm acoustics.
Despite its name, there are no bar facilities at The Ale House and events there do not normally make alcoholic drinks available for sale. Most events, however, are bring-your-own. Wine glasses are made available.
The absence of a bar also has the highly desirable effect of ensuring the ‘pindrop’ atmosphere is maintained, with audiences intent only on the music.
In the 16th Century The Ale House was a place to serve ale to the parishioners of Colwall after church services. Nowadays, while having all modern facilities, it retains its ancient charm, with oak beams and leaded windows.
It is situated adjacent to St James the Great Church in Colwall. From the main B4218 going through the main part of Colwall, turn down Mill Lane, which is just north of the railway bridge. Go past Colwall Village Hall and the church is about half a mile further down the lane.
Park in the large car park next to the church and walk through the churchyard to the Ale House.
For reasons of safety parking is not allowed immediately adjacent to the building.
The Ale House is fully equipped for wheelchair access.
There is a pull-in space by the main door at the south end of the building (shown in the picture) for drop-off.