Heartfelt lyricism and dramatic guitar playing with an evocative ambiance reminiscent of early 00s emo

“There’s something inherently beautiful about the work ethic of Anna’s Anchor.” – Already Heard.com

Honest songs for honest people. This is the mission statement of Anna’s Anchor, the solo project of Limerick born musician Marty Ryan who is known for his brand of heartfelt lyricism and dramatic guitar playing, his music resonating with an evocative ambiance reminiscent of early 00s emo. During his increasingly-renowned live solo sets, Marty opts for a sweet, stripped-back sound armed with just an acoustic guitar, creating profound, intimate performances. On the occasions when a full band performance takes place, it is truly a special moment to hear the sheer power of these hook laden, emotive songs.

So far this has proven to be a winning formula, with early releases gaining praise from the likes of The Journal.ie, Today FM, Washed Up Emo, Punktastic, DeadPress! and Soundscape Magazine, as well as securing support slots with the likes of Turnover, AJJ & Koji to name but a few.

His 2015 release, The Islands, saw Marty push himself both physically and as a creative. After embarking on an eight week voyage, visiting eight Irish islands where Marty played eight atmospheric gigs and wrote eight poignant tracks: eight weeks, eight islands, eight gigs, eight new songs. The challenge of writing, recording and releasing a new song each week,  coupled with his unrivalled DIY work ethic  and venturing through some of the most remote areas in Ireland, earned Marty early critical acclaim and a loyal fan base.

In September 2016, Anna’s Anchor released their debut album, Nautical Miles through Struggletown Records (UK) and Never Meant Records (Ire). Although the album is the heaviest release from Anna’s Anchor in terms of production, it also features Marty’s most honest and personal lyricism, narrating Marty’s life challenges and family struggles.

 “A nautical mile is a little bit longer than a mile,” he explains. “I find that with everything I do, be it academically, work or music related, I always have to work a little harder to get where I want to.”

The album’s success has since allowed Marty to tour across Ireland, UK, mainland Europe and the USA which included an appearance at the renowned Fest in Gainesville. Travelling by land, sea and air has enabled crowds far and wide to listen to the fruits of his ambitious labour.

“There’s something very special about ‘Nautical Miles’. The songs come to life at each turn, and the labour of love that Ryan has poured into Anna’s Anchor shines through.” Punktastic.com