LATEST INFO – tickets are now on sale though the Dartington Box Office
Ana will be joined by cellist Francesca Ter-berg
I first saw Ana Silvera in the gothic surroundings of Colchester Arts Centre – with Ana playing the Arts Centres aging grand piano – a pulpit to her right, a bar to her left and a stained glass window rearing up behind her. The image was both dramatic and compelling. From the moment this dimunitive artist stepped on stage I was hooked.
Ok yes I admit I like female singer songwriters (but if thats not your thing have a look at this blog). And I admit I’m a sucker for lyrics which tell a real story. And if you cap it all off with melodies to die for, complete with ‘cello then of course I’m going to swoon.
“A songsmith whose music simply aches beauty” — Time Out
Sample her yourself in formal mode with the Santiago Quarter playing Song for Daniel
Ana is an artist who thrives on the unusual, the different. She’s equally at home in the concert hall as she is in a church, or even in a train carriage ()!
Check out her my space (http://www.myspace.com/anasilvera) , shut all the doors, close your eyes and if your anything like me you’ll find yourself transported into a dark but wonderful world.
So for her visit to Dartington it seemed natural to seek out a venue that matched the inate and subtle theatricality that Ana brings to each and every one of her performances. I remember clearly the first time I went into the Barrelhouse – five or so months ago. Up a flight of stairs, walls plastered with peeling posters opening out into a room which drips of fading grandeur. A former ball room crammed with portraits, armchairs and charm. It’s a space I have no doubt that Ana will totally make her own. And just like Ana’s voice it keeps welcoming you back for more!
I can claim no credit for bringing Ana to Dartington – that was the work of Lara Lloyd –live producer – currently away on maternity cover. But that wont stop me getting excited about her time with us. And it seems that the ‘hush hush’ secret which is Ana Silvera is slowly getting out. Here’s what a Norwich promoter had to say about her recently ’
‘Just back from seeing Ana Silvera give another dazzling lesson in how to marry musical craftsmanship and pure emotion …truly special’
And you only need to look at her press to see what many people far wiser than me are saying!
So if your in or around Totnes on the 3 September do join us at the Barrelhouse.
And to sign off – heres some more of Ana videos:-
This is an audio boo of her new single…
and here is the same song
Ana Silvera plays the Barrelhouse on Friday 3 September – promoted by the Arts at Dartington – as part of the Totnes Festival. Tickets are available from 01803 847070– and on line here! Hopefully see you there! Otherwise check out her My Space for forthcoming dates at Green Man Festival, The Macbeth and Roundhouse (both London) and various other Autumn tour dates.