Anna RG is an artist six months into her experience with long-haul covid symptoms, whose artwork moves outward from her immersion in traditional music, having apprenticed with elder masters of banjo and fiddle in rural Kentucky. Her multi-media collaboration with ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle was heralded as “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do” by the New Yorker. They released three records with Smithsonian Folkways, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Big Ears Festival, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. For the OneBeat Marathon, Anna has created a video work centered on the experience of living with illness, that explores her own battle with COVID-19 and the very slow and painful path to recovery.
photo by Hannah Devereaux