About The Band

Lady Anemoia

Get to know the band

  Lady Anemoia is a five-piece band from Southern Worcester County in Massachusetts. Their music stems from the nostalgia of an era they’ve never known, only heard of stories  through musicians of the past.  

  Lady Anemoia came together in August of 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, and only really began to blossom in January of 2021. With each one of their members having similar yet different music tastes, this has created a both vast and uniform blend within their songs. 

  “As the world begins to open up again, we hope to come together and also open the minds of those who are willing to listen.”

          -Lady Anemoia 

Avery Markle

Ethereal, mystifying, and timeless are only a few ways to describe Avery Markle’s stage presence. Often compared to Stevie Nicks, Dolores Riordan, Hope Sendoval, and Natalie Merchant, Avery brings a sense of nostalgia to Lady Anemoia alongside her distinct lyrics and unique voice. With her vivid storytelling, and captivating aura, Avery is always able to brighten up any room, and easily draws crowds in. Dreamy and poetic, Avery’s original songs are not to be overlooked, as they always wind listeners down paths through whimsical mountain peaks, passionate human connections, peaceful ocean scenes, or whatever else the lyricist wishes to write about. Avery often says that “we are all the universe simply experiencing life,” and she shows this very belief through many of her songs. Her primary songwriting muse and biggest inspiration is Joni Mitchell, as she has always been wildly captivated by the famous folk singer. When Avery is not listening to Joni, or studying her lyrics, she also favors Bob Dylan, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, and some more modern artists such as Deer Tick, The 1975, Tyler Childers, and Gregory Alan Isakov.

Joe Ackaway

Constantly described as a new age Bob Dylan, Joe Ackaway plays acoustic rhythm guitar for the band, as well as harmonica and backup vocals. With his energetic stage presence, and passionate playing, Joe gives Lady Anemoia their unique, nostalgic feel. Primarily folk inspired, he is able to take listeners to another time, one that many young people have not been around for. He might as well be the epitome of the term “Anemoia.” Older generations reminisce at the sound of Joe’s talent, and often say that it seems as if the 60’s and 70’s folk scene may have never faded away. California’s Laurel Canyon, and New York’s Woodstock hide within the melodies of Joe’s guitar and harmonica playing. With a voice that is easy to listen to, it is entertaining to follow his storytelling of long forgotten folk songs, and country ballads. Joe began playing guitar at twelve years old and quickly gravitated towards folk music. It wasn't long before he developed what he considers a "healthy obsession" with Bob Dylan. That primary influence of his shines through his contributions to the sound of the band. 

Matthew Hersee

Bassist/ vibes


Matt Hersee is our bassist and electric guitarist when needed. He’s a former competitive Guitar Hero player and loves being able to make great music with his friends. He splits his time between Norris the Terrible and Lady Anemoia, bringing great vibes to both!

Evan Markle

The heart that keeps Lady Anemoia alive, Evan Markle shines behind the band as he provides energetic drum beats and rhythms that have been described as danceable, yet very 60’s and 70’s inspired. A self-taught drummer, Evan brings a liveliness to the band that is unmatched. You can’t miss him, as his golden locks cause him to stand out among the crowd, and this may be why people are always so drawn to him, especially behind the kit. A patient musician, Evan goes with the flow, and always feels out the rest of the room before falling into his playing. He is often compared to Ringo Starr, and Levon Helm with his folky/soft rock drumming, and his biggest influences are The Band, George Harrison/The Beatles, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Wilco. However, he can't pinpoint one artist or genre, as he’s able to get whatever he can from any song he hears. Evan is versed in drums and guitar, and of course experiments with everything else that he can get his hands on. Having taught himself how to play drums in 2020 just for this band, Evan is reliable and intelligent, and a keen necessity to Lady Anemoia.