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, piano 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 and 2021 both for her solo performances and her work with the group ‘Wilde Roses’, Anna released her debut solo album ‘Anchoress’ in Spring 2021 to critical acclaim and is preparing to release her second album ‘Hatching Hares’ in June 2022.
‘The string playing on Let No Man Steal Your Thyme is of another dimension… Anna Tam is a find’ Irish Music Magazine
‘striking vocals… a distinctive and welcome solo debut’ Songlines Magazine
‘a ghostly set of British traditionals… nyckelharpas and hurdy-gurdys give her endeavours a necessary heave of grit.’ The Guardian
‘where minimal instrumentation and perfectly judged vocals come beautifully and dramatically together’ RnR Magazine
‘an extraordinary vocal performance’ Folking
During lockdown in March 2020 she began the YouTube series ‘Folk from the Boat’, and she continues to bring audiences weekly songs, tunes and adventures from her canal boat. Now, out of lockdown, she is storming the British Folk scene with her mesmerising voice and instruments. Anna recently joined Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast) and Karen Wimhurst to form the folk group Coracle which are launching in 2022, and she 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 ‘Woven’ on the Rubicon Classics label.
‘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
Between 2013 and 2016, Anna was part of early choral ensemble, Mediaeval Baebes with whom she has toured worldwide, made both national and international TV appearances and several recordings. During her early classical studies she performed on cello at the Wigmore Hall, London and sang at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice as well as touring and making TV appearances in the UK, Canada and Europe. Whilst at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she performed several times on BBC Radio 3; and as a folk and early music performer has since appeared on BBC2’s ‘The Culture Show’, and gave the premiere of two previously unknown arias by Vivaldi on BBC1’s ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage’.
Anna lives on her beautiful boat just outside London gaining inspiration from the woods and the river.