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Anne Harris

“Once you have witnessed Anne Harris play the violin, you aren’t likely to forget the experience any time soon. It’s not just the wondrous music she makes drawing her bow across the strings, it’s also the way the spirit of the music emanates from her physically. She inhabits the music, or maybe the music inhabits her, but it is impossible not to be drawn under her spell.” (BluesWax)

Chicago-based singer-songwriter and fiddle player Anne Harris has been crafting and evolving her unique sound for over a decade, producing six indie studio records and playing countless performances in the US and abroad. Her collaborations, live and in-studio, span a large and diverse group of artists, including Anders Osborne, Living Colour, Amy Helm, Walter Trout, Vieux Farke Toure, Guy Davis and hippie legends Jefferson Starship.

Notably, her work with trance-blues innovator and multi-Blues Music Award winner, Otis Taylor, with whom she recorded and toured internationally for 9 years, gained her international acclaim. “Harris has become an integral part of Taylor’s sound both on stage and on record, adding another element to his diverse instrumentation…and adding a visual element that takes the celebratory spirit up a couple of notches.“ (Blues Music Magazine) Expounds Julie Jenkins in The Golden Gate Blues Society Newsletter, “The beauty of Anne’s ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan and as powerfully as a shaman, moved me to joyful tears. Bearing witness to her performance left me completely awestruck and mesmerized. To watch her perform is hypnotizing. It was pretty much all I could talk about for several days.”

“Anne is an internationally recognized instrumental talent that has captivated audiences around the globe. Her command of the stage is punctuated with a free reeling and coiling whirlwind of sound and visual excitement. Her gypsy-like stage presence is truly unforgettable and revolutionary in the ever expanding Blues genre. ” (Cleve Baker)
Although it’s been reported that “Anne Harris plays violin like [Buddy] Guy wields his guitar,” (Orange County Register) and her recognition within the Blues community notwithstanding, she is decidedly not a straight-ahead Blues player. “I’m a true hybrid; I guess I’m a true American. I’m influenced by myriad genres,” Harris said. “To me, whatever particular kind of music we’re playing, whatever bin the music is supposed to fit in at the record store; it’s sort of a nebulous thing. Soul music is soul music, and that can come through a classical format, a blues format, a Celtic format, or a bluegrass format.” (Blues Music Magazine)