Hometown: Vermont & Brooklyn, NY
Web site: http://anaismitchell.com
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From a 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Vermont, Anaïs Mitchell writes songs that are as intimate as conversations and as rich in detail as short stories. With four full length critically acclaimed albums under her belt, including ‘Hadestown’ which received sensational reviews from all corners such as The Guardian, Times, Rolling Stone and NME, Mitchell has played hundreds of shows across the world, including performances and tours with Emmylou Harris, Bon Iver, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, the Low Anthem, Shawn Colvin and Josh Ritter among others. Mitchell is that rare musician who is equally comfortable wielding an acoustic guitar alone onstage, or scripting a vast operatic journey into the underworld. Her next album, a duo project of British ballads with friend and collaborator Jefferson Hamer, comes out early 2013.
“Multi-layered, sensationally good and endlessly absorbing…an extraordinary album.” THE SUNDAY TIMES, UK, ‘Hadestown‘, CD of the Week *****
“Mitchell is both adorable and badass! But her songs are these very serious—though, crucially, not self-serious—masterpieces, haunting little poems set to gutsy finger-picked guitar and delivered with a sweet smile….just fantastic” PASTE
“Mitchell has created something joyful and witty that yields more with every listen” THE GUARDIAN, UK *****
“Hadestown is nothing short of incredible, whether you extract individual tracks like ‘Wedding Song” or listen to the endearing tale as an artfully rollicking whole. Mitchell has always been good, but “Hadestown” is her Odyssey” NME 9/10
’Hadestown’ has made Mitchell an Americana princess” UNCUT *****
...a superb and frequently entertaining re-envisioning of a classic
tale that also happens to be a ripping good story. ... It's a surpassingly strange and moving work, quite unlike any music I've ever encountered, and further evidence that weird can be wonderful, particularly when the lyrics are as insightful and the music as beautiful as this." – PASTE.COM
"Somewhere between The Who’s Tommy and Sufjan Stephens’ entire body of
work lies Anaïs Mitchell’s new folk opera, Hadestown (Righteous Babe).
Whatever its inspiration, Hadestown is the first effort to emerge from this morass of good intention that truly holds up on both the musical and narrative level." – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
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