New Beaconsfield Hall
I’m alerting you to a gig in the Cotswolds, organised by a friend of mine which will be an exceptional evening of music making. I can’t wait, and I hope a lot of you will be able to come and join me.
If you’ve not heard of them before, Anna and Elizabeth are a duo from the States who specialise in American roots music. They find hidden gems in the folk music archives and bring them to life with fiddle, guitar, banjo and wonderful vocals. They tell stories with music and artwork, including captivating moving scrolls called “crankies“.
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“Elizabeth Laprelle is one of the most sought-after ballad singers of her generation and Anna Gevalt-Roberts a mesmerizing, talented multi-instrumentalist and singer, both sharing a desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music.
Creating a huge buzz of excitement on their UK tour earlier this year, they plan to return in May 2017 with their captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art. Reviving the lost art of ‘crankies’: cloth and cut-paper scrolls depicting scenes from ballads, their show (and workshops) are also ideal for educational settings as well as concert and festival venues.” Alan Bearman Music
“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. These songs are given few embellishments — sometimes a fiddle is added to a single voice, sometimes a banjo or guitar chimes in — but always the power is in the sparseness. If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.” Bob Boilen, NPR Music