Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. Among her recorded works are Child Ballads, Young Man in America, and Hadestown, the latter of which she expanded into a theatre show. Hadestown debuted off-Broadway in 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop, and opened at London’s National Theatre in November 2018 before transferring to Broadway. She has headlined shows around the world, and opened tours with Bon Iver, Josh Ritter, Punch Brothers and Patty Griffin. 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”.
Mitchell’s “Hadestown” won 8 Tony Awards in 2019 including Best Musical & Best Score for Anais Mitchell. Winner of 6 Outer Circle Critics Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and Outstanding New Score. 7 Drama Desk nominations & Drama League nominations.
“Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision… a formidable songwriting talent” THE NEW YORK TIMES
“One of the greatest songwriters of her generation” NPR
“A national treasure; one of our great modern singer-songwriters” TIME OUT
“The most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk ’music” INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
“A charismatic live performer, and a songwriter of exceptional imagination and perception” THE GUARDIAN
“Terrific….Mitchell is a skilled storyteller..and her delivery gives an emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens.” PITCHFORK
“Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades” DAILY TELEGRAPH
Opening the night for us will be Grand Rapids powerhouse singer/songwriters Kate Pillsbury & Emilee Petersmark of The Crane Wives!