Songwriting with Anne Louise Genest
The muse can be a fickle friend, often showing up late, or not at all. Using fun and dynamic exercises we will do our best to invite her to the party, sharing in a safe and supportive space and exploring themes and ideas, tools and techniques to challenge and draw out our creative spirits. We will dip our bucket into the deep well of bluegrass, oldtime, and country music – in other words, folk music – as a reference point from which to examine what compels us in a given song, but the sky is the limit for what we may discover and how we may choose to write about it. Please bring a favourite song (whatever the genre!) to share and reflect on with the group, and a song or song idea you would like to work on in the class.
Vancouver Island based Anne Louise Genest, who performs under the stage name Annie Lou, has been touring festivals and stages nationally and internationally for several years. With banjo and guitar in hand, she invites us in to the joyful marriage of old and new music, where we laugh, cry, dance, reflect and connect. Her ballads, tunes, and songs are painted with a palette of oldtime folk and bluegrass, and her vocal warmth blends the sweet tones of the McGarrigles with the raw emotion of Hazel Dickens. A storyteller at heart with several acclaimed albums under her belt, Anne Louise maps the homescapes of our lives and times in the world, shining a warm light on the hard ones as well as the good ones.
A Juno and multiple CFMA and WCMA nominee, she is committed to sharing the joy of music through teaching in both individual and group settings. She is a familiar face at many music workshops across the country, where she has taught vocals, guitar, songwriting, and clawhammer banjo. She loves to teach, and to learn, and shares her delight with her students in an accessible and supportive environment.