Category:

Longworth-Anderson Series

Date:

Tue, February 08, 2022

Time:

8:00 PM

Price:

$35-$50

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Anaïs Mitchell & Bonny Light Horseman

Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway smash Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards in 2019, including “Best Musical,” and the Grammy for “Best Musical Theater Album,” is joined on this one-of-a-kind tour by Bonny Light Horseman, a folk supergroup trio comprised of Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (best known for the Fruit Bats project he has helmed for two decades, as well as stints in The Shins and Califone), and Josh Kaufman (instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Craig Finn, Hiss Golden Messenger, Josh Ritter, The National, and Bob Weir).  Bonny Light Horseman will perform selections from their two-time Grammy-nominated album of traditional folk songs with a contemporary twist, before Anaïs takes to the stage to share songs from her forthcoming album as well as from her back catalogue of audience favorites on this unique, collaborative tour.

ANAÏS MITCHELL is a Vermont- and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, and the Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator of the Broadway musical Hadestown, for which she wrote the book, music, and lyrics.  Mitchell was named to Time’s prestigious Time 100 list in 2020, and her first book, Working on a Song – The Lyrics of Hadestown, was published by Penguin/Plume in the same year.  Dubbed by NPR as “one of the greatest songwriters of her generation,” Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry, and balladry.  Her recordings include the original studio album of Hadestown (2010, featuring Justin Vernon and Ani Difranco) and Young Man in America (2012), along with reinterpretations of traditional music including Child Ballads (2013, with Jefferson Hamer) and Bonny Light Horseman (2020, as Bonny Light Horseman, which received two Grammy nominations).  She has headlined worldwide and supported tours for Bon Iver, Josh Ritter, and Punch Brothers, and her music has featured in year-end best lists including NPR, Wall Street Journal, Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian, Sunday Times, and The Observer.  If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work, it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her.  As The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision […] a formidable songwriting talent.”

The timeless qualities of traditional tunes can carry us across oceans and eons, linking us not only to the past but to each other as well.  It was under the banner of those eternal connections that the trio of Bonny Light Horseman came together.  From Wisconsin festival fields and a German art hub to a snowy upstate studio and everywhere in between, the astral folk outfit—comprised of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman—is mixing the ancient, mystical medium of transatlantic traditional folk music with a contemporary, collective brush.  The resulting album, Bonny Light Horseman, is an elusive kind of sonic event:  a bottled blend of lightning and synergy that will excite fans of multiple genres, eras, and ages.  Mitchell met the indie rock stalwart Johnson a few years back through that thoroughly modern platform, Twitter.  Johnson had been friends with producer and instrumentalist Kaufman for ten years.  Kaufman and Mitchell were already acquainted; together, the three made an unmistakable artistic connection, and had just begun experimenting when an invitation to perform at the 2018 Eaux Claires festival came from the fest’s co-founders, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner.  Encouraged by the natural ease and intuitive bond they felt while sketching musical ideas in early sessions, the Eaux Claires play provided a target of sorts and they seized upon the opportunity to form the band in an official capacity.  “The conversation about starting the group and figuring out the type of music we’d play happened very quickly,” Kaufman says.  “It’s like a love story:  a really big fire, and the shared ideas of what we wanted the music to feel like.  We wanted an openness and for it to feel emotional and personal.”  Each musician brought their own musical ideas to the rehearsals and the direction toward traditional songs from the British Isles emerged quickly.  “I think it’s fair to say we are all inspired by traditional music in different ways,” Mitchell says.  “We wanted to rework old songs but not in a ‘research project’ way.  The emotions, the feeling of momentousness, the openness—even the chords being in open tuning—we wanted everything to be wide open.  It was very healing to delve into these old stories and images that have existed for so long that you can rest in them.”  Following the success of the Wisconsin show, they were invited by Vernon and Dessner’s 37d03d (fka PEOPLE) collective to participate in a week-long artist residency in Berlin.  Working at a venue called The Funkhaus, the trio recorded what would become the foundation of the full-length album, featuring fellow artists-in-residence Michael Lewis (bass, saxophone) and JT Bates (drums, percussion), as well as Vernon, Dessner, Kate Stables (of This Is The Kit), Lisa Hannigan, The Staves, Christian Lee Hutson, and more.   Leaving Germany with roughly 60 percent of a record, the band reconvened at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY, in January 2019 to finish, bringing Lewis and Bates as well as engineer Bella Blasko and mixer D. James Goodwin along with them.

Anaïs Mitchell & Bonny Light Horseman

Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway smash Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards in 2019, including “Best Musical,” and the Grammy for “Best Musical Theater Album,” is joined on this one-of-a-kind tour by Bonny Light Horseman, a folk supergroup trio comprised of Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (best known for the Fruit Bats project he has helmed for two decades, as well as stints in The Shins and Califone), and Josh Kaufman (instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Craig Finn, Hiss Golden Messenger, Josh Ritter, The National, and Bob Weir).  Bonny Light Horseman will perform selections from their two-time Grammy-nominated album of traditional folk songs with a contemporary twist, before Anaïs takes to the stage to share songs from her forthcoming album as well as from her back catalogue of audience favorites on this unique, collaborative tour.

ANAÏS MITCHELL is a Vermont- and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, and the Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator of the Broadway musical Hadestown, for which she wrote the book, music, and lyrics.  Mitchell was named to Time’s prestigious Time 100 list in 2020, and her first book, Working on a Song – The Lyrics of Hadestown, was published by Penguin/Plume in the same year.  Dubbed by NPR as “one of the greatest songwriters of her generation,” Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry, and balladry.  Her recordings include the original studio album of Hadestown (2010, featuring Justin Vernon and Ani Difranco) and Young Man in America (2012), along with reinterpretations of traditional music including Child Ballads (2013, with Jefferson Hamer) and Bonny Light Horseman (2020, as Bonny Light Horseman, which received two Grammy nominations).  She has headlined worldwide and supported tours for Bon Iver, Josh Ritter, and Punch Brothers, and her music has featured in year-end best lists including NPR, Wall Street Journal, Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian, Sunday Times, and The Observer.  If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work, it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her.  As The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision […] a formidable songwriting talent.”

The timeless qualities of traditional tunes can carry us across oceans and eons, linking us not only to the past but to each other as well.  It was under the banner of those eternal connections that the trio of Bonny Light Horseman came together.  From Wisconsin festival fields and a German art hub to a snowy upstate studio and everywhere in between, the astral folk outfit—comprised of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman—is mixing the ancient, mystical medium of transatlantic traditional folk music with a contemporary, collective brush.  The resulting album, Bonny Light Horseman, is an elusive kind of sonic event:  a bottled blend of lightning and synergy that will excite fans of multiple genres, eras, and ages.  Mitchell met the indie rock stalwart Johnson a few years back through that thoroughly modern platform, Twitter.  Johnson had been friends with producer and instrumentalist Kaufman for ten years.  Kaufman and Mitchell were already acquainted; together, the three made an unmistakable artistic connection, and had just begun experimenting when an invitation to perform at the 2018 Eaux Claires festival came from the fest’s co-founders, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner.  Encouraged by the natural ease and intuitive bond they felt while sketching musical ideas in early sessions, the Eaux Claires play provided a target of sorts and they seized upon the opportunity to form the band in an official capacity.  “The conversation about starting the group and figuring out the type of music we’d play happened very quickly,” Kaufman says.  “It’s like a love story:  a really big fire, and the shared ideas of what we wanted the music to feel like.  We wanted an openness and for it to feel emotional and personal.”  Each musician brought their own musical ideas to the rehearsals and the direction toward traditional songs from the British Isles emerged quickly.  “I think it’s fair to say we are all inspired by traditional music in different ways,” Mitchell says.  “We wanted to rework old songs but not in a ‘research project’ way.  The emotions, the feeling of momentousness, the openness—even the chords being in open tuning—we wanted everything to be wide open.  It was very healing to delve into these old stories and images that have existed for so long that you can rest in them.”  Following the success of the Wisconsin show, they were invited by Vernon and Dessner’s 37d03d (fka PEOPLE) collective to participate in a week-long artist residency in Berlin.  Working at a venue called The Funkhaus, the trio recorded what would become the foundation of the full-length album, featuring fellow artists-in-residence Michael Lewis (bass, saxophone) and JT Bates (drums, percussion), as well as Vernon, Dessner, Kate Stables (of This Is The Kit), Lisa Hannigan, The Staves, Christian Lee Hutson, and more.   Leaving Germany with roughly 60 percent of a record, the band reconvened at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY, in January 2019 to finish, bringing Lewis and Bates as well as engineer Bella Blasko and mixer D. James Goodwin along with them.

Category:

Longworth-Anderson Series

Date:

Tue, February 08, 2022

Time:

8:00 PM

Price:

$35-$50

Purchase Veteran Tickets Purchase Tickets View Seating Chart Back to all shows