Sannie Fox is a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist hailed as a rock and blues queen of South Africa. She has taken her voice and her guitar to most major stages in the country and can be described as “belting out the blues like she was born in a Louisiana swamp” (The New Age)
Sannie currently performs under her own name in a rock/blues/pop/psych three-piece featuring Werner Von Waltsleben (drums) and Ryan McArthur (bass) and has released a 13 track debut album this year through record label Just Music, produced by Matthew Fink, entitled ‘Serpente Masjien’
‘Serpente Masjien’ was selected to be featured on the “new artist” page for iTunes UK as well as US. The album displays a torrent of axe-wielding instrumentation and massive vocals powered by solid drum and bass, “…each track stands out with singular purpose like the gadgets on a Swiss Army knife…” Texx and the City
Sannie Fox’s music crosses an eclectic mix of artists and genres ranging from Screaming Jay Hawkins, to Led Zeppelin, Etta James, Patti Smith, John Lee Hooker, 70’s rock, fado, gospel, folk and Desert blues. She has collaborated and worked with a wide variety of South African musicians ranging from Albert Frost to Derek Gripper, Madala Kunene, Busi Mhlongo, Bokani Dyer, The Brother Moves On and Theo Crous and has played many stages in SA and abroad; Oppikoppi Festival, Rocking the Daisies, Up the Creek Music Festival, Cape Town World Music Festival, Cape Town Folk & Acoustic Music Festival, Kirstenbosch Summer Series, Tooting Tram Festival (UK), Cock & Bull Festival (UK), Splashy Fen (KZN). White Mountain Festival (KZN) and more.
As a South African girl growing up in London Sannie Fox developed a talent for writing and playing music from a young age. By her early teens she played piano and was singing in recording studios and performing regularly. It was not long before a number of her songs and compositions had been featured in film, theatre, television and radio.
In her first year of university she formed her first band, a folk/ blues three-piece called Black Betty with Hagar Graiser (guitar) and Galina Juritz(violin) and which later expanded into the 5-piece eclectic rock/blues fusion Mama Know Nothing.
In 2010 Sannie Fox formed and composed for three-piece rock outfit machineri with Andre Geldenhuys and went on to release a critically acclaimed album mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys) with all artwork conceived by the legendary graphic artist Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).
“I was exposed to a lot of blues, gospel and jazz in my ears from a young age. I began to play piano as a small girl and then I switched to guitar. My mother is Portuguese and my father is South African, I grew up in London and Cape Town. I love culture and stories, this all adds to influence. All the experiences I have had in my life add to the mix. I love anarchy. I love literature and I love the way music feels when you hear it, how it feels to write and play it.” The Lake
After a tour to UK in 2014 Sannie Fox returned to SA to finish work on her debut solo album which she released this year (2015) through record label Just Music (Nakhane Toure, Moonchild, Bye Beneco).
After the SA Summer festival circuit Sannie Fox will be releasing the follow up single and video after “Bottle in a Bag” off ‘Serpente Masjien’ in 2016.