Anna Hester has a ‘powerful and confident voice’ (Fatea 2014), and moves ‘effortlessly between genres, but always with an emotional core’ (Cambridge Music Reviews 2018). Originally from Milton Keynes, Anna lives in Cambridge. She has performed in Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, London, Milton Keynes, and Berlin, in a range of venues including The Stables (Milton Keynes), Cambridge Junction, and four times at Milton Keynes International Festival. In 2020 she played a livestream gig for The Stables and #SaveOurVenues, which has had over 3000 views. Anna has released two EPs: In the Meantime (2014) and Towards Today (2018). She was featured in the Fatea Showcase Sessions in 2019, and her music has been played on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire and the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Folk Show.
Anna Hester’s debut album Postcard Songs was released in August 2021. Postcard Songs is the culmination of five years of creative work and collaboration, including a successful Crowdfunder campaign. The 10 songs all use postcards as a starting point, and together they tell a range of intertwining stories. The postcard project began in 2016 when Anna attended an Arvon songwriting retreat. She received guidance from tutors Kathryn Williams and Samantha Parton and guest speaker Boo Hewerdine. Inspired by the course, Anna set to work writing songs about postcards: about the images, the messages, and the people and places behind them. Postcard Songs was recorded and produced at Gladeside Recordings by Dan Wilde
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