Annie Bartholomew

Composer and musician, 2021


Annie Bartholomew is an Alaskan songwriter and multimedia storyteller from Juneau. As a guitarist, singer and clawhammer banjo player, Annie works to present folk music as an ever evolving tradition. Her songs explore themes of survival, resilience, and revelry, inspired by the ghosts of Alaska’s mining past.

Through the Connie Boochever Fellowship, Annie is partnering with Theater Alaska to develop her historic songwriting project, Sisters of White Chapel, into a theatrical stage show. Through archival source material and modern songwriting forms, this documentary theater piece will share the lesser known stories of women who traveled north during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Annie began studying under North Carolina banjo player Riley Baugus with the support of an ASCA Career Opportunity Grant in 2021. She is the recipient of a 2020 Rasmuson Project Award to record her forthcoming album of Klondike tunes with Gustavus-based producer Justin Smith. Annie traveled to Whitehorse in 2019 as the March artist in residence through the Yukon Art Centre’s Jenni House Residency and was awarded the Alaska Historical Society’s Emerging Professional/Student travel scholarship to present her work at their conference in Kodiak.