Anna Hughes is a fiddle player, singer and composer based in Newcastle. She studied Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University, with a year in Finland after being accepted to study at The Sibelius Academy, where she studied with some of the world’s leading folk musicians.
Intrigued by simplicity and beauty, Anna is committed to finding a personal relationship with folk music. Having lived in many places in the UK is intrinsically linked to her connection to traditional music - its ability to create a sense of home and belonging is something she seeks to incorporate into her work.
A founding member of the contemporary folk quartet Balter, Anna is regularly gigging around various UK venues and further afield, including Norway and Amsterdam. Other notable collaborations include her work with North East based neo-classical composer Benjamin Fitzgerald, whose New Creatives commission looks into the relationship between music and mental health. This is co-funded by Tyneside Cinema, Naked Productions and the BBC, and was recorded in June 2019 at 80Hertz Studios, Manchester. Looking ahead to next year, Anna will be joining Holly Clarke, Sage Gateshead’s artist in residence 2019/2020, in collaboration on her headline Sage Two concert.
Other projects and musical collaborations have taken Anna to perform in venues such as Sage Gateshead, Halsway Manor Hothouse Festival, Folklandia music festival, Helsinki/Tallinn and at The Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki.