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Handley playing for YANA

Annie Handley - Submitted
Annie Handley
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Annie Handley will be performing with her band at the Mex Pub on June 3 as guest performer of the 1st Tuesday Fundraisers concert series, and the event doubles as a fundraiser for YANA.

Admission for the concert is a donation to You Are Not Alone; a Comox Valley charity that has been supporting local families in times of health crisis since 1986. YANA supports local families whose children require medical treatments not available locally.

Local talent; international acclaim

The musical journey of this Vancouver Island singer/songwriter is an inspiration for those who love great songwriting, as well as for those who’ve shared their own music on YouTube - a forum where Annie’s songwriting talent and musical imagination have attracted followers from around the world.

Her music is a wonderful paradox that combines universal themes of beginnings and endings, quests and conclusions in both gentle and edgy grooves with a styling reminiscent of rocker Sheryl Crow.

Her debut CD titled “No Shoobie” topped the “What’s Hot” pop music category on iTunes Canada. Among Annie’s musical accolades is placing in the top three of BC Music Magazine’s New Music category and in the top 30 in a world-wide search for alternative music in 2010.

Her song “Bring Me Back Alive” was selected to be on the television show “Beauty and the Beast”.

Great accompaniment

Handley will be joined on stage by Telecaster-toting guitarist Doug Biggs, well known in the Comox Valley and beyond for his creative approach and discerning ear.

On the kit is seasoned studio drummer Bill Cymbala who has recorded with Daniel Lanois, Sylvia Tyson, Raffi, and Jerry Doucette among others.

In addition to playing with Annie Handley, Bill will be performing on the main stage with the Ray Materick Band at MusicFest this year.

Setting the groove on the bass will be Dave Devindisch of Campbell River who joined the band DDT with Courtenay legend Brian Howes. After signing an international record deal, the band toured Europe and had the opportunity to open for Kid Rock.

With so much seasoned musical talent on stage, the evening will be an incredible show of fine songwriting, performance, and musicality.

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with an opening set by event organizers and hosts Judy and Bruce Wing.

Food donations for the Comox Valley Food Bank are also much appreciated.

For more information about Annie Handley, visit www.anniehandley.com.

 

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