Duns born Anne on the Fringe of headline show

Anne Renshaw
Anne Renshaw

Selling out an Edinburgh Fringe show is no mean feat but a Duns born singer has managed to do it a month before hitting the stage.

Anne Renshaw only took up singing in 2006 after taking early retirement from teaching and has surprised herself at how much success has come her way so far.

She’s recorded an album- ‘Awakening’, has had promotional slots on a number of radio stations including East Coast FM and Duns-based Generate and she now can boast two sell- out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe after also playing to a capacity audience last year.

“If someone said to me seven years ago that me starting up singing would have led to all of this I’d have called them a nutter,” she joked.

“It all started when I joined up with the Scots Music Group choir. There were so many songs that we performed that were completely new to me.

“It was like the floodgates had opened as I then started writing my own songs and it was like letting something out of me that had been inside for so long.

“I just wrote and wrote.”

Annie was born in the Knoll Hospital in Duns before living in Coldstream where her dad served as a policeman and her homeland has definitely been an inspiration to her original compositions.

“I wrote a song about the tunnel at Penmanshiel which collapsed in 1979,” she continued.

“ I entered it for Edinburgh Folk Club’s annual songwriting competition in 2008 and it finished runner up.

“I also wrote The Alfred Erlandsen’ which is about a ship that sank on the Ebb Carr Rocks off St Abbs in 1907.

“The Borders was a great place to grow up; another one of my songs was inspired by my dad rescuing some sheep from a cliff in Yetholm when he was village bobby there.

Anne has been back in the Borders recently to play at Peebles Folk Club but for the moment her thoughts are on the capital where she has given herself an tough act to follow after receiving four star reviews for her 2012 Fringe show.

“The Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride’s is only a small venue but to already have it sold out is amazing,” she commented.

“A number of people have seen me do floor spots at folk clubs so there could be interest from that and people who came last year who wanted to make sure they got a ticket.”

As well as doing her own show on August 14, Anne is also appearing at the Fringe as part of Linten Adie choir’s show at the Acoustic Music Centre on Sunday, Auust 11 at 6 - 7.15pm.

For tickets visit www.edfringe.com.