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'Idle Mind' is the debut album of Anna-Mieke Bishop,
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Wicklow, Ireland.
Recorded in the far-reaches of west Cork, as well as
in Pickering Forest, Kildare, Anna-Mieke accompanies
herself on Greek bouzouki, electric guitar and piano,
adding cello accompaniment to several tracks in studio.
Joining her on this record is long-time collaborator
Brían Mac Gloinn (of folk duo Ye Vagabonds) on
Indian harmonium, fiddle, additional strings and vocals,
and Matthew Jacobson (of contemporary jazz ensemble
ReDiviDeR and experimental folk group Clang Sayne) on
percussion, adding to the eclectic assortment of sounds
that make up Idle Mind. Rooted in folk, the ten tracks
on the record philosophise through abstract lyrics about
place, age, belonging and various societal misalignments.
"The voice lies at the heart of what it is to
be human so just right now, as our lives become a little
more virtual, augmented and artificial, Anna Mieke's
songs with their infinity of interlaced traditions and
her voice with its alluring melody of intimacy is a
wonderful and very welcome gift"
- Philip King, Other Voices
'Idle Mind' is set for independent release on 26th
April 2019 on 12" vinyl, CD and digital.
Anna Mieke is the musical project of Anna-Mieke Bishop,
in which musical landscapes are weaved into song on
Greek bouzouki, guitar and piano (and cello, in recordings).
As a solo performer and collaborative artist, she has
joined forces with a diverse mélange of other
artists, most notably Brían Mac Gloinn (of folk
duo Ye Vagabonds), who, as well as playing on all of
the above, adds drones on Indian harmonium and fiddle
accompaniment. Another, more recent, collaborator is
Matthew Jacobson (of contemporary jazz ensemble Insufficient
Funs) adding a flare on percussion. Themes and inspiration
for Anna Mieke's songs stem from a colourful background
of experience: learning Maori songs at school in New
Zealand and sean-nós songs off the coast of Ireland;
hitch-hiking through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria,
picking up traditional songs along the way; cycling
from her home in Wicklow to the southern tip of Spain;
living in Granada for a while, and then, in Cork, performing
cello in the experimental improv group, HEX.
Anna Mieke has shared the stage with many established
artists, supporting the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Martin
Hayes, This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Lankum, Gyda Valtysdottir
(mum), Rachel Sermanni, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire),
and Ye Vagabonds, while sharing the stage with David
Kitt, Landless and Rosie Carney. From performing in
larger venues such as the National Concert Hall and
to opening the inaugural RTE Radio Folk Awards in Vicar
Street, to underground caves, to manor house ballrooms,
to tiny cafés and bookshops, to the precarious
ruins of a church, to forest hideaways in the hills
of France, Anna Mieke has shared her songs in a curious
combination of spaces. Following on from the release
of two singles, Arbour and Keep It Whole in 2018, Anna-Mieke
will independently release her debut album Idle Mind
in April 2019.