Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Anais Mitchell in a heartbreaker of a double -bill this Saturday, 3/21 at the Iron Horse

Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband Johnny Irion play the Horse every year or so and they simply shine onstage together. The musical richness and psychological depth of their initial recorded collaboration, Exploration, is irrefutable proof that the offspring of Woody and Arlo and the prodigious South Carolinian quite naturally bring out the best in each other. “Folksong” is the new 2-disc set comprised of a live DVD recorded in California at the Maverick Saloon and an audio CD featuring four newly recorded songs including “ When the Lilacs are in Bloom” and “Never Far from my Heart.”

From her birthplace on a Vermont sheep farm to Beirut cafés, Cairo flats, and Austin recording studios, Anaïs Mitchell has been around. The Brightness, Mitchell’s Righteous Babe Records debut, is infused with the restless, worldly perspective of a real troubadour. She spins tales of forgotten poets, jilted lovers, the three wise men, each a distinct chapter of one cohesive work. Her lyrics boldly tackle and integrate the personal and political. Anaïs is currently working on plans to stage her original folk-opera, Hadestown, based on the myth of Hades and Eurydice, as she continues to tour and do what she does best: pluck heartstrings and sing. Sit down, gather your wits, and listen to her perform Why We Build The Wall.

Get tickets here or at the door. Show is at 7PM this Saturday at the Iron Horse with doors and dinner from 5:30.

No comments: