Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Anaïs Mitchell

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums, including 2010’s sensationally-reviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth; 2012’s Young Man in America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as ‘an epic tale of American becoming’; and 2013’s Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track.

Mitchell has headlined shows worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown) Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. 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.

Charlotte Cornfield

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Toronto songwriter Charlotte Cornfield has been releasing music for over 10 years, and penning verses for longer than she can remember. A clever and innovative lyricist, she exists in the same continuum as progenitors of song like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as more contemporary writers such as Courtney Barnett, Angel Olsen and Will Oldham. Vocally, Cornfield stakes out her own territory; by turns a lived-in, streetwise drawl, an octave-sweeping falsetto, and a comfortably crooning alto. In 2016 she released Future Snowbird, a follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Two Horses, which The Record’s Coral Andrews calls “a folk-rock tapestry so raw and vulnerable, it’s almost as though she’s a fly on the wall of her own relationship.”

The songs on Future Snowbird grew out of Cornfield’s time living in New York from 2012-2014, chronicling an overall constellation of ups and downs. The album was recorded during the winter of 2015 at Rooster Studios in Toronto, and was produced and engineered by Don Kerr, the drummer, cellist, and vocalist known for his work with Ron Sexsmith and The Rheostatics. In conjunction with the album’s stellar cast of musicians – which features Tim Darcy of Montreal post-punk outfit Ought and Tegan & Sara’s Johnny Spence – they delivered Cornfield’s strongest statement to date. The singer recalls it all as “a beautiful, fluid and painless process” and it shows. Each song is a moodscape all its own, with Cornfield’s long-term band as the backbone.

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