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Anna's Anchor embarks on new project, "The Island" Anna's Anchor embarks on new project, "The Island"


Annas Anchor embarks on new project, “The Islands”



Annas Anchor, the upcoming project of Limerick-based singer/songwriter Marty Ryan, will take place this summer in conjunction with Never Meant Records, and will embark on an exciting and creative adventure like no other, known as “The Islands”.  The project will consist of a visit to a different island off the coast of Ireland every weekend in June and July, where a gig will be played, a record will be written and a new song will be released, available at their website here 

Anna’s Anchor has previously released an EP, entitled “Oak Street” which was recorded in Montana, USA, in the summer of 2014. After touring Europe in December, Anna’s Anchor released a split with James Carroll (U.K) in April of 2015, which saw the pair tour the U.K and Ireland.

Focus is now looming on the upcoming project, which will follow the remote, harsh and beautiful landscapes that will provide a unique and novel way to produce the most honest and open songs possible, over a tour of 8 weeks, 8 islands, 8 gigs and 8 songs. These 8 songs, which will be released every Thursday, will be recorded and engineered by Mike Gavin, of the notable band, Windings.

Speaking about the project, creator Marty Ryan said that: “I wanted to do something challenging, something different, something really creative. The main thing I want to get out of it is that I will have 8 honest and genuine songs”.


This tour of self-exploration will take Anna’s Anchor to the following islands over June and July:

06/06/15 Bere Island, Co.Cork – O’Sullivan’s Bar

12/06/15 Inis Mór,Co. Galway – Tí Joe Watty’s Bar

21/06/15 Inishturk, Co.Mayo – Inishturk Community Centre

26/06/15 Clare Island, Co.Mayo – Community Centre Bar

03/07/15 Cape Clear, Co.Cork – Club Chléire

11&12/07/15 Inis Óirr, Co.Galway – Óstán Inis Óirr

18/07/15 Inishbofin, Co.Galway – Inishbofin House Hotel

25/07/15 Valentia Island, Co Kerry – The Ring Lyne

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.