Anne Louise Genest & Chris Coole



GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Anne Louise Genest
and clawhammer banjo wizard Chris Coole in concert.

Genest and Coole have spent countless hours lost in songs and tunes together over the last ten years. Ancient old-time ballads and blues mix seamlessly with new heart songs and banjo breakdowns to create a thoroughly compelling night of music.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $15 at the door

Click here to see poster.

Anne Louise Genest emerged several years ago from the Yukon's fertile crop of songwriters with two solo albums that showcase her critically acclaimed songwriting. She found her true muse when she discovered bluegrass and old-time mountain music, and her original songs are steeped in these influences. After twenty years living in the Yukon woods, Anne Louise has relocated to the balmier shores of Vancouver Island, trading in the snow shovel for a garden rake.

Through exploring bluegrass and old time music, she has added banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to her roster of instruments; she composes on all of these, as well as pursuing her craft of fine songwriting. Genest is racking up experience as a teacher and has led several workshops on songwriting, lead and harmony vocals, clawhammer banjo, and rhythm guitar at various music camps across the country. Her latest album, Tried and True (2014), features an irresistible collection of musical delights that showcases her ongoing evolution as an artist, with deep nods to classic country, mountain ballads, early southern banjo, bluegrass, and old-time tunes.

Noted for her exceptional songwriting, solid rhythm guitar-playing, and great big vocals, Anne Louise has been touring major festivals and stages both nationally and internationally with her Juno-nominated band Annie Lou for several years.

Envy Won't Leave Me audio clip:

It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song audio clip:

Nine Bridges Down audio clip:

Video clips here.

Genest Web site here.


Chris Coole, hailing from Toronto, is known as one of Canada's finest proponents of old-time music. He is also a noted singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjoist and sideman. From his start as a busker on the streets of Toronto to his busy current schedule playing and teaching around the world, he has made music his full-time profession for over twenty years.

Coole's banjo playing has been called "incomparable" (Penguin Eggs Magazine) and "highly accomplished and understated" (Bluegrass Unlimited). Besides his solo career, Chris juggles several musical projects including playing in two bluegrass bands (Crazy Strings and The Foggy Hogtown Boys) and playing banjo and guitar for three-time Juno-award winner David Francey. Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman on over one hundred recordings by artists such as Sylvia Tyson, Jim Cuddy, Natalie MacMaster, Cara Luft, John Reischman, April Verch and Justin Rutledge.

Hell to Pay audio clip:

$100 audio clip:

Hangman's Reel audio clip:

Video clips here.

Coole Web site here.