Anja McCloskey is a half-German, half-American singer and accordionist. Ever since her grandpa started playing his accordion to her as a little child, she wanted to play it too.
Having played in various bands (The Irrepressibles, Haunted Stereo, Moneytree) and worked with solo artists (Katy Carr, Jake Flowers, Helen McCookerybook, Ana Silvera), she decided to start her own project in 2010. The “Turn-Turn-Turn” EP was released on Sotones Records in September that year and in February 2011 she toured the work in the USA.
2012 saw the release of her debut album “An Estimation” with four supporting singles – And Her Head (September 2011), A Kiss (January 2012), Italian Song (May 2012) and Instigate It (August 2012).
After tours in the US and in Canada in 2013 and 2014, she released her second album “Quincy Who Waits” on Sotones Records in July 2014. The singles “Too Many Words” (June 2014) and “Henry Lives” (August 2014) are out now.
“Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show.” (Q Music)
“Smart songwriting from an emerging talent.” (R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine)
“Vocals that will set your world ablaze.” (Train Wreck’d Society)
“Anja’s vocals soar with feeling as the mood is extricated by the music.” (For Folks Sake)
“Anja’s ethereal vocals merge with the rich and full-bodied sound of the accordion to give an eerie, mournful impression that will stay with you long after you’ve taken the headphones off.” (Stereoboard)