Twice nominated in the best female category for the Irish Meteor Awards, Ann Scott has developed a reputation as an intense performer and a firebrand songwriter. Her debut album POOR HORSE was voted into the Hotpress musicians' poll of Ireland's top 100 albums ever, while her second album, WE'RE SMILING has received hearty critical acclaim and a growing number of converts.
Following up with her third studio album and most personal work to date Ann Scott releases FLO on June 4th in Ireland and July 7th in the UK.
Experimenting with unusual melodies, ideas and lyrics, Scott's musical armoury consists of a range of left-field guitars, newfangled synths, detuned mandolas and some quirky ideas on how to go about playing them. The result is a mixed bag of jilted folk songs with 'dreamlike, enigmatic lyrics, deadpan delivery and odd phrasing', Evening Herald.
In 2009 Scott was named among The Ticket's top fifty Irish acts right now, while a recent live review from The Irish Times, describes her performance as 'a beguiling snapshot of a musician in thrall to her music but not her ego.'
A prolific writer and busy performer, Scott has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Patti Smith, Howe Gelb and Fairport Convention, slogging hard on the live circuit between Ireland, the UK and the USA.
As a vocalist Scott is in frequent demand, singing live and on record for Gemma Hayes, David Kitt, Katell Keineg and Mark Geary, with whom she dueted for movies such as Loggerheads and Steel City. She also contributed vocals to an electronic collaboration for the Earsugar Jukebox Label under the guise of Cracklebox, which received a gracious welcome in the UK garnering plays and praise on XFM, BBC1 and BBC 6.
Scott's trump card however lies undoubtedly in her own work and in her instantly identifiable voice. With this her third album, her own independent label, and the growing acclaim of fans and peers alike, Scott continues to redefine and challenge herself as one of Ireland's most original creative voices
"Scott's ace card is undoubtedly a voice that like the Cocteau twins Liz Frazer or Portishead's Beth Gibbons is a winsome and evocative thing, transporting the listener into her world. Add a quirky song writing approach and you have something fairly unique around these parts."
"Ann Scott: We're Smiling - Slow burning, ambient, blissfully tuneful and just a little bit strange."
—Tony Clayton Lea - The Ticket
A sublime, special collection. Rooted in dreamy melodies, Scott's voice part Harriet Wheeler part Beth Orton is a rare beauty soaring on hot day and she jubilee and should deservedly gain her a lot of critical attention.
—Sinead Gleeson - U Magazine
"Not one of the highly hyped songwriters but definitely one of the most talented"
—Dan Hegarty - 2FM
© 2012 Ann Scott