String Jam Club welcomes the extraordinary Anais Mitchell, Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, for her second visit to Selkirk.
Performing on Saturday, November 19 at the County Hotel, back by popular demand, Anais returns with her wonderfully disarming and engaging show.
Coming from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry, Anais Mitchell has been described as “the most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk’ music” by the Independent on Sunday, and as “nothing short of incredible” in a 9/10 review in the New Musical Express.
Primarily a storyteller, she recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own ‘Wilderland’ label in 2012. Anais has headlined solo and band performances worldwide as well as supporting tours for artists like Bon Iver.
She won Best Traditional Song category at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards in 2014 and was nominated for Best Album Award with her Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer.
Among her recorded work are six albums, including sensationally-reviewed ‘Hadestown’ - a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth, which opened off-Broadway in May 2016 to rave reviews.
If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work - from her earliest acoustic records, to the opera, to this new chapter - it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her.
Fearlessly emotive, her songwriting is direct and exquisite, the lyrics beautifully crafted and deft, the melodies memorable and always capturing the depth of the songs. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives.
As an added bonus, her support act is the outstanding BBC Young Folk Musician Award winner, Jarlath Henderson, whose debut album, Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, won him a legion of fans.
Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £15, to book call 01750-721233. As Anais last performance was a sell-out success, early booking is highly recommended.