Helder - Acoustic and Electric guitars, Flute, Keyboards, Vocals
is a self-confessed ‘space cadet’, with her head in the
stars and her heart & soul deeply rooted in music!
She goes by many names, including ‘Snowy’, ‘Dragon’,
‘Anne of Boots’, ‘Angel-Face’ and ‘Myrtle’(!)…. But is
perhaps best known for her solo-career pseudonym, the
‘Little Red Rock Chick’!
In Mostly Autumn, Anne-Marie can be seen playing the
keys, flute, acoustic & electric guitars, singing
backing vocals, and banging the odd tambourine!
But she is also a singer-songwriter, plays percussion
and many other random instruments, & given the chance
she’d love to learn the harp, cello, bass, and drums!
New to the line-up in 2008, MA fans may well know Anne
from a variety of sources before now~ some will remember
her as 1/6th of the Welsh rock band Karnataka*, until
their split in 2004; some will know her as an exciting
singer-songwriter, through her solo career which has
blossomed ever since then; and others will be following
her new band Panic Room (Anne is lead singer and
co-writer), who have just released their debut album &
completed a UK mini-tour.
In February 2007, Anne supported Mostly Autumn for their
Full Of Sky’
launch gig at the London Astoria ~ she was playing a
solo set to open the show; but as she had also
contributed some guest vocals to the new album, she
returned to the stage later that night to sing some
extra backing-vocals for the main set! Standing with
Livvy & savouring the band’s great vibe, this was the
first time Anne had been on stage with Mostly Autumn.
Following this she went on to collaborate with Heather
(Findlay) and Angela (Gordon) during their
tour in summer 2007; the duo were on the road performing
music from their new album, ‘Offerings’.
Anne played a number of dates with the girls, supporting
with her solo set; and sometimes having chance to jump
up & do some backing vocals / flute on ‘Shrinking
The girls had first collaborated back in the autumn of
2006, when all 3 were asked to perform backing vocals on
Fish’s live ‘Communion’ album… Having met up while on
the road together in Europe (both Anne-Marie and Odin
Dragonfly were out there playing support sets for the
band), they’d finally had chance to get to know each
other properly, and had become good friends; they were a
natural choice for the ‘Floyd-y’ style backing trio to
sing on ‘Communion’!
The fun of collaborating on that project led to Anne’s
guest appearance on ‘Heart Full of Sky’, and the path
which then unfolded from there….
Jumping back in time a few years, Anne had originally
met Mostly Autumn when she was touring with Karnataka,
and the bands sometimes played the same venues & shows.
However, the bands had never really got to know each
other well - gig days are chaotic, especially with so
many band members around; and everyone has a lot to do &
a lot on their mind!
So, when Karnataka split & Anne went solo, touring the
UK & Europe with her own music, she was delighted when
she ran into Heather and Angela again!
It truly was the start of a ‘beautiful friendship’, and
led on to equally precious friendships with the rest of
In late-2007, Anne was asked by Angela if she would mind
covering the December shows (on flute, keys and vocals),
as she needed a little break to give birth to her
Anne was understandably nervous (- they were big shoes
to fill, as Angela had played these parts for 10 years);
but also very touched to be asked, happy to help out,
and keen to try & do the best job she could!
The December shows were fantastic, fortunately, and Anne
was pretty sad to be waving goodbye when she played her
last show with the MA troops at the Limelight in Crewe…
But to her surprise in early 2008, she got a call to say
that Chris Johnson was leaving the band, & asking her to
consider standing in to play his parts on tour– again,
big shoes to fill, and different instruments this time;
but a great challenge, & a chance to work with the guys
again! So, she said a big ‘yes’.
Then the next big surprise came, as Angela decided that
she would be leaving the band too, to concentrate on
being a full-time mummy!
Things seemed a little up in the air; & Anne wasn’t sure
she’d have enough hands to cope with all these different
But the magic solution was close at hand, as Bryan
welcomed back into the fold not just one, but two old
members of MA –
on keys, and
on guitars. Hurray! Anne breathed a big sigh of relief,
as she wouldn’t have to be an on-stage octopus after
all, playing 4 different instruments at once!!! …And she
now could relax & enjoy the journey.
And the journey indeed began from there.
Now in the thick of their 2008 touring, Mostly Autumn
are a 5-guy, 3-girl masterpiece, rockin’ the stage and
creating beautiful soundscapes with their music - from
the old classics, to the new gems of ‘Glass Shadows’!
And Anne-Marie is feeling very proud to share the stage
“This has been an amazing time…. I am truly honoured to
work with these guys, they are not only the coolest,
kindest, sweetest (& funniest!) people you could meet,
but they’re all fantastic musicians, hugely creative,
and feel like kindred spirits.”
“It’s just an incredibly inspiring time right now, & I
feel blessed…. Life is sweet!’”
‘The Contact’ EP – Anne-Marie Helder (2004)
‘Visionary Position’ – Panic Room (2008)
Anne-Marie’s influences are very wide-ranging,
everywhere from rock to folk, jazz to blues, and
classical music too (she was brought up listening to all
of these, as well as being classically trained)…. But
she’s unashamedly in love with the late-60’s / early
70’s, & often says that she wishes she could live back
in that era!
“My favourite music is pretty eclectic; but whatever I
love, it has to have a whole lotta passion, heart, drive
and Rawk in it! I do have a huge natural affinity with
the late 60’s – early 70’s though, I’ve gotta be honest
– it seems to seep into everything, from my clothes to
the music I write! I’ve always thought I was born in the
wrong time. So do my family! Heheh. Either that or on
the wrong planet. ;o>
“My favourite bands would include: Led Zep, the Stones,
Deep Purple, Crosby Stills & Nash, the Doors, Small
Faces, the Who, the Beatles, Bread, the Velvet
Underground, , Love, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Goldfrapp
and Muse…. & of course not forgetting the genius of
And then my most inspirational, ‘genius-songwriters’
would have to include: Bob Dylan, Tim & Jeff Buckley,
David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Imogen Heap, Bjork, Billy
Joel, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Ravi
Shankar, and Neil Young!…. But there’s just too many to
Classically, I used to spend hours playing the piano
music of Chopin, Rachmaninov, Bach, Beethoven and
Scriabin; but I also love listening to stuff by Dvorak,
Mahler, Elgar and Vivaldi… they rock! ;o)”
Favourite Beatles tune?
“‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ …..and..... ‘Hide Your Love
These are the two sides of my rock coin - trippy, &
(And brown. And silver)”
“Photography, Astrology, Astronomy, and now my new one –
scuba diving! :o)”
Blackcurrant; hazelnut; chocolate; booze!
the weeping willow
the coffee one!
Favourite thing in the world:
*For more information on Anne go to:
…and her own website, which is currently being
re-designed but will be ready soon at:
*For more information on Panic Room, go to
Or the band’s MySpace: