"This music is fresh, intriguing and beguiling; a new direction the acoustic scene has been waiting for"
BBC PRODUCER - DAVID P CRICKMORE
April Anderson is a multi instrumentalist and an original singer-songwriter. Her debut album "Swings and Roundabouts" has just been released on Acoustic Clock Records. Her music has been described as a unique blend of contemporary folk, tinged with jazz and she has been compared to early Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, John Martyn and Nick Drake. Her lyrics often tell stories that are veiled in quirkiness and ambiguity, with themes centering on life's trials and traumas, joys and disappointments. All are delivered with an undercurrent of meaningful social comment.
As well as singing, April plays all guitars, mandolin, flute and piano on the album and is the sole writer, arranger and producer. Her guitar style reflects her interest in non-conventional tuning and finger picking while the vocal harmonies are sumptuous, sometimes ethereal. At times they possess a distinctive dissonant, edgy quality to them which is echoed in her arrangements.
With tremendous playing from her backing band, featuring an array of instruments such as Hammer Dulcimer, Recorders, Cello, exotic percussion, and some truly inspirational fiddle playing from Gerry Diver (producer of Lisa Knapp's album Wild and Undaunted) "Swings and Roundabouts" is an exciting and moving experience.
"A Confident and polished debut album. Aerial lyrics and complex twisting melodies.
Carefully crafted pieces of work, check it out."
Taking the conventional route, April trained as a classical singer, pianist and flautist; she then undertook a degree in Jazz Contemporary and Popular music at The City of Leeds College of Music and graduated with a First.
After college April expanded her work as a jobbing musician travelling the world singing and playing piano. Her keyboard, flute and guitar work has been in demand for a variety of bands, and as soloist she has performed at many venues and festivals all over the country. She has worked as a studio session player for the BBC and Yorkshire TV, Ecco, Chrysalis and Arista Records, composed incidental music for a couple of touring theatre shows and, most recently, contributed flute to Curfew's latest album "Inside" and Roger Francomb's CD "Easy Storm". As a piano vocalist and a singer-actress April has performed in the West End at the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall and appeared in an award winning Off-Broadway show.
"Fabulous songs, great music"
BBC RADIO CAMBRIDGESHIRE - SUE MARCHANT SHOW
Throughout her stage and session career, April has continued to hone her singer/songwriter skills. While based in the City, she has been a regular performer at London folk clubs and showcase venues such as The 12 bar Club, The Half Moon, The Kashmir Club and Blackheath Concert Halls, and most recently The Cambridge Folk Festival which has led to some great BBC Radio play and Live sessions around the country. Most recently she got through to the finals of Acoustic Magazines Beautiful Days Singer-Songwriter competition.
Swings and Roundabouts will knock your socks off! It's been well worth the wait.