LITTLE ANNIE & FRIENDS

directed by: Keith McDermott
musical director: Paul Wallfisch
special guests: Bill Rice, Christine Donnelly, Kid Congo Powers, Nicky Paraiso

production schedule:
May 9th - 26th
Thursday - Saturday 10:00pm
Sunday 5:30pm
The Club
$15.00


NEW YORK, April 15 -- "Little Annie and Friends," featuring Little Annie, a.k.a. Annie Anxiety, will be a mixture of selections from her forthcoming LP and interpretations of some of her favorite standards, peppered by guest appearances, anecdotes, musings, and unsolicited opinions. She will be accompanied by on piano by her musical director, Paul Wallfisch (of Botanica, Firewater and Pink Monkey Birds fame, to name a few). Her guests will be the legendary Bill Rice, Kid Congo Powers (who has worked with Nick Cave, The Gunn Club, The Cramps and Congo Norvell), Christine Donelly and Nicky Paraiso. The evening is directed by Keith McDermott.

Little Annie, a.k.a. Annie Anxiety, born Annie Bandez, is an adventuress, chanteuse/lyricist, multi-media artist and postmodern cabaret queen with a long, illustrious and eclectic recording career. Born in New York, with no intention of a career in the arts, she pursued numerous jobs, criss-crossed the continent "earning her poetic license" until she found herself on stage at the legendary Max¹s Kansas City, fronting the atonal, savage dance rhymed band Asexuals at the sneak-in-the-back-door age of 16.

After meeting Steve Ignorant from the band Crass on her doorstep a year later, she went to the United Kingdom for a two-week visit and stayed over a decade. There she recorded her first of many recordings, the still avant-garde "Barbed Wire Halo," a collaboration with Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud for Crass Records. Her musical path took a first of many sharp turns when she met legendary dub genius Adrian Sherwood and his equally brilliant partner, Kishi Yamamoto. The trio crafted Annie's first LP for Corpus Christi Records, "Soul Possession." A long and exciting collaboration was forged. The EP "As I Lie in your Arms" and LP "Jackamo," both produced by Yamamoto, soon followed on One Little Indian Records.

After a short stint with the American-owned major, Atco Records, where she released "Sugar Bowl," which was produced by Ray Shulman, she started working with the moniker Little Annie. She released the LP "Short and Sweet, two ten-inchers, "Bless Those," the widely acclaimed "I Think of You," and the EP "In Dread with Littler Annie, all for Adrain's ON-U Sound Records. Through the years and numerous collaborations (with Wolfgang Press, Crass, the ON-U Sounds stable, Paul Oakenfold, Kid Congo Powers, Current 93, Nurse with Wound, the late Bim Sherman, Coil, Fini Tribe, and Collapsed Lung, and many others), she has refused to be restricted by labels and genres, spanning jazz, reggae, hip hop, torch and avant-garde styles.

She has written three volumes of prose; the most recent is titled "Hell is a Place Where We Call Each Other Darling" and is published by Stride in the United Kingdom. She has appeared in numerous plays, theater pieces, and films, and continues to tour extensively. She resides in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. She is presently recording an LP for David Tibet's Dutro Records, produced by Antony of Antony and the Johnsons and Joe Budenholzer of Backworld. Her last EP, "Diamonds Made Of Glass," composed with Larry Tee (of Ru Paul fame) and Joe Budenholzer, with remix by Christopher Heeman, has just been released by Streamline through Drag City (www.dragcity.com).

Little Annie is a prolific painter and is currently engaged in three series, entitled "Urban Saints," "God and Science" and "September Skyline." A selection of 24 paintings can be seen on her website, www.brainwashed.com/anxiety. She is also writing an autobiography.

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