“I’ve been playing music all my life – I couldn’t live without it.”
A harp player… and now you’ve seen it all – only the wings and the halo are missing!
Playing contemporary folk music based around themes of war, Ann Poore is a psych nurse dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder patients (mainly war veterans but her patients also include staff from the emergency services).
Music is an escape for her. Working in the treatment of mental health sure can get under your skin at times.
“Music is a great healer and solace. It can change or express your mood. I’ve been playing music all my life – I couldn’t live without it.”
Not only does she enjoy playing music, she plays Open Mics specifically to get over her performance anxiety.
“It all started with me asking myself ‘Why am I so scared of doing something I enjoy?'”
She finds herself drawing much inspiration for her music from her work, whilst simultaneously using music as an outlet.
“I can have my work and my music and I can use them both to enhance the other.”
Her work and therefore music revolves mainly around war themes and interestingly, she has put World War 1 poetry to music – think Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney, etc.
She also has a concept album in the pipeline due for release this year – “Bullets Like Rain” – Songs of war for harp and voice. She unveiled some of those tracks on the night I spoke to her and they really tug at the ‘heartstrings’… if you’ll pardon the pun! The release of the album is scheduled to coincide with the Centenary of Remembrance Day (1914-2014); make sure you pick it up and keep up-to-date with her musical escapades on her facebook page.
“The most famous, richest, most played pop stars and divas on the radio didn’t start out earning millions of dollars; they started in venues like this. They’ve paid their dues and they’re reaping the rewards of the hard work they did when they were younger.”