Ann Downey sings and plays (upright bass, clawhammer banjo, and guitar) in a wide range of styles, ranging from old-timey Appalachian to jazz, and most of what happens in between. As a vocalist she’s drawn to arranging harmony, as well as yodeling and wacky songs. Originally from the southwestern U.S. she’s performed in Europe and all of Canada and the U.S. She’s sung, played and recorded with Finest Kind, Sneezy Waters, The Old Sod Band, and Pat Moore and the Vinyl Frontier, and the Toasted Westerns, as well as on studio projects with other fine Ottawa area musicians. These days Ann can also be found playing bass in Just Friends, a brass quintet centered jazz combo, The Shirt-Tearing Boys, Kanata Symphony Orchestra, jamming in people’s kitchens, and teaching clawhammer banjo at the Ottawa Folklore Centre.
At Ottawa Grassroots Festival 2015, Ann will be part of a duo with Vince Halfhide.