Saturday 19th November 2016
String Jam Club welcomes back the extraordinary Anais Mitchell, a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, an artist who has been described as “The most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk’ music.” (Independent on Sunday)
Winner of Best Traditional Song category at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards in 2014, she was also nominated for Best Album Award with ‘Child Ballads’ – a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer. She brought the String Jam Club house down in 2014, and we are both honoured and super-excited that she is now returning to the club for her second visit.
Born and raised on a farm in Western Vermont, her narrative and literary style of songwriting was no doubt influenced heavily by her novelist/college professor father. She grew up musically inclined and travelled frequently to Europe and the Middle East, eventually beginning to write and perform her own songs when she was 17.
Anais Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller, who 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, Ani Difranco, and the Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown), as well as touring with Jefferson Hamer to promote their album of ‘Child Ballads. ‘
Among her recorded work are six full-length albums, including 2010′s sensationally-reviewed ‘Hadestown’ – a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth – and 2012′s ‘Young Man in America’ which was described by the UK’s Independent as ‘an epic tale of American becoming’. This album made it onto many ‘Best of 2012’ lists in the national and international press, including Mojo, Uncut, The Independent, NPR and the Wall Street Journal.
Her stage production of ‘Hadestown’, which was ten years in the making, opened Off-Broadway in May 2016 to rave reviews. The New York Times called it “inventive, beguiling and spellbinding” while Vogue announced that “Hadestown will be your new theater obsession.” The show was extended twice as a result of critical success and sell-out performances.
Tickets £15, available from the venue by phone 01750-721233 (card bookings incur 50p card transaction fee). Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night.
15% discount off hotel restaurant meals for String Jam Club ticket holders 6 – 7 pm (advance table reservation advised).
DOORS OPEN 7.30
“A true American original”– 4**** Q Magazine
“Nothing short of incredible”– 9/10 NME
“Currently a well-kept secret, Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades.” Daily Telegraph
“The sheer breadth of the composition makes the album one to treasure…Mitchell displays a mastery of her material.” 5***** The Irish Independent
“A phenomenal concept album, perfectly executed…already one of the albums of 2012.” 4**** Rolling Stone (on Hadestown)
“Music of rare boldness and reach. A sensational album.” CD of the Week, The Sunday Times
“A remarkable, genre-defying album” 4****Uncut (on Hadestown) 9/10 NME
“Beautifully original, bristling with savage melancholy.” 4**** The Daily Telegraph
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String Jam Club @ County Hotel
Phone:01750 721 233