Anna Smyrk is an alt-folk singer-songwriter from Central Victoria. With a voice as pure as mountain water, haunting songwriting and bare-bones arrangements, Anna delves deep into the art of storytelling. Her live show takes you on a journey around the world, presenting rich folk tunes inspired by years of living in Cambodia and the Solomon Islands.
in 2016, Anna released her first solo EP, “Song of the Silver-tongued Magpie.” The five tracks show-case her intricate story-telling and feature Dan Musil on lap-steel and Jimmy Power on banjo. The debut was applauded by critics; Rhythms Magazine described as “a slow-burning gem”, while ABC Radio National called it “exquisite.”
Anna currently splits her time between Australia and the Solomon Islands, juggling her music with her work in international development. These experiences of living and working in different places have enriched her songwriting and provided opportunities to work with other musicians from various backgrounds. From forming a duo with a traditional instrumentalist in Cambodia to running song-writing workshops for young people in the Solomon Islands, she sees music as a way to connect with people in diverse places.
Anna has toured widely around Australia, including shows at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Uranquinty Folk Festival and Nimbin Roots Festivals.