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Anais Mitchell

Coughlans, Douglas St.

Mon 3 Nov 2014
9:00 pm

Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. As a Vermont- and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Having begun writing her first songs at the age of 17, Mitchell recorded her debut album 'The Song They Sang When Rome Fell' in a single afternoon in 2002. In 2003 Mitchell won the New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Her album Hymns for the Exiled was released on Chicago's Waterbug Records label in 2004. This recording attracted the attention of singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, who signed her to the Righteous Babe Records label. In 2006 Mitchell debuted a draft of her "folk opera" Hadestown, which she wrote in collaboration with arranger Michael Chorney and director Ben T. Matchstick. A revised version of Hadestown was staged in 2007. Her third album, The Brightness, was released that same year on Righteous Babe Records. In 2008 Mitchell was nominated for the Contemporary Artist category of the third annual Folk Alliance awards show.In September of that same year, Righteous Babe Records released country e.p., a split vinyl/CD EP Mitchell recorded with fellow musician Rachel Ries. Her album Hadestown was released in spring 2010 to favorable reviews The album includes guest appearances by Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem, and The Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel, and Tanya Haden). In early 2012, Mitchell released her album Young Man in America on her Wilderland Records. The album was largely praised by critics as "genre-defining" and her "second consecutive masterpiece." In late 2012, Mitchell completed recording seven songs from the collection of Child Ballads, compiled by Francis James Child, with fellow musician Jefferson Hamer. The album, produced by Gary Paczosa, was released in February 2013. Child Ballads was nominated in two categories for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Album and Best Traditional Song with the track 'Willie of Winsbury' scooping the award for Best Traditional Song. POSTS

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