Annie Ford grew up outside of a small town in rural Virginia in a log cabin (yes, really). She began playing viola at age 11 and over the last 20+ years she honed her skills as a fiddler and learned accordion, banjo, piano, guitar and clarinet. Eager and willing to play every chance she got, she dabbled in the genres of classical, jazz, Irish, cajun, old-time, country blues, pirate punk and klezmer. When she moved to New Orleans for a 6 month music therapy internship turned a 3 year stay, there was plenty of opportunity to soak up the music spilling out of the doorways on Frenchman Street and often times she would sit in with whoever was playing. After moving to California then to Seattle in 2006 she went on to establish herself professionally as a talented multi-instrumentalist and studio musician, performing in numerous groups. She was a regular fixture at the Pike Place Market for 10 years street performing with the group Slimpickins and Pretty Shady String Band.
She continues to do studio work and collaborations and has done with local artists such as Whitney Mongé, Shannon Stephens, Gus Clark, J.R. Rhodes, Ian Moore, Baby Gramps, and Sera Cahoone. She currently fronts her own project, Annie Ford Band along with performing in the group the Puddle Stompers and Eurodance Party USA.
Memories of the mountains back home, travels across the country and ghosts of love permeate the emotional landscape of her songs. There is an timeless and dynamic quality to her playing and singing that seems at once to come from the ether and a deep connection to the inner workings of the heart.