Speaking of winter months...just around the corner on November 5th in Ashfield, MA our friends, musicians and crankie makers, ANNA & ELIZABETH return to the area with more of their melodic haunting crankie magic.. See below for more details..
November 5, Ashfield Congregational Church, 7:30 pm, $18 adults / $12 students / $9 kids
tickets : http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2697797
ANNA & ELIZABETH : ”They came to NPR and brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I've heard at the Tiny Desk… take a deep breath and soak it all in." - Bob Boilen, NPR Music
Anna & Elizabeth bring their intimate and haunting traditional music & mesmerizing multi-media show back to Ashfield to share and celebrate a new cycle of work, inspired by ballad singers of the 1930s and 1940s in Vermont and Virginia—the states where they grew up.
The pair based in rural Virginia and Baltimore, springs from the unique talents of Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo), and their shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. Powerful harmony singers steeped in knowledge of mountain tunes, ballads and stories, the young women are gifted storytellers and visual artists reviving the lost art of “crankies,” scrolling storyboards made of sewn fabric or cut paper.
Begun four years ago with the simple goal of bringing ballads back to the small nooks and crannies of rural Virginia where they lived, their project rapidly grew, bringing them to stages and festivals across the US, collaborations with Ben Sollee, The Murphy Beds, Wayne Henderson & Riley Baugus, artist residencies at universities and summer traditional music schools, and performances at The High Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta and the Sharq Taronolari festival in Uzbekistan.
Their first album “Sun to Sun” was just re-released on Free Dirt Records in 2016; their second, self-titled album, “Anna & Elizabeth,” also on Free Dirt Records, is a collection of 16 traditional songs thoughtfully gathered and interpreted, guiding listeners through the duo’s intense personal connection with each song, for an experience that is as warm and intimate as their one-of-a-kind live performances.
Elizabeth LaPrelle was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16; won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International; has released 3 solo ballad albums; and was called “quite simply the best young Appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory” by fRoots Magazine.
Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (West Virginia State Folk Festival; Kentucky Fiddle Contest); the artistic director of East Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; a 2014 fellow for OneBeat, a US State Department sponsored international music residency.