Bio

Anna Smyrk is an alt-folk singer-songwriter of charm and depth. She sings French folk songs and sets Australian bush poetry to song. She writes contemporary folk tunes inspired by books, travels and weird apocalyptic scenarios she made up in her head. She switches deftly between keyboard and acoustic guitar, and sings with a uniquely pure, clear voice.

She first received critical acclaim in 2009, winning the Queenscliff Music Festival Foot-in-the-Door competition with her band Anna Smyrk and the Appetites. In the years to come, she began to sample more and more success, such as performing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and participating in PUSH songs, where she received one-on-one songwriting mentorship from the likes of Jeff Lang and Abbie Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride).

In 2014 she released two new singles, receiving airplay on Triple J, RRR and PBS. A highlight of the year was supporting Australian legend Dave Graney at the Northcote Social Club.

Anna believes in music as a way to connect people and make change for the better. In 2013 she co-founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Music Group and volunteered with the group for over two years.

2015 sees Anna embarking a new adventure: she has packed her bags and moved from Melbourne’s buzzing music scene to settle in provincial Cambodia. She works for Phare Ponleu Selpak, a community organisation that uses music and other arts to engage, inspire and educate disadvantaged young people, and support them in a career in the arts if they so choose.

 But stay tuned, Anna has a new EP ready for release as soon as she lands back in Australia early 2016…