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Anaïs Mitchell


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Vermont, USA

Anaïs (uh-nay-is) Mitchell (aka Anais Mitchell), is a singer-songwriter from Vermont, USA, who attended Middlebury College. Anaïs’ voice is akin to Cyndi Lauper’s & song-writing / delivery’s inspired by the confessional styling of artists such as Ani DiFranco.

In 2002, she released The Song They Sang… When Rome Fell. In 2003, she was a winner of the New Folk Competition, at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In 2004, her second album, Hymns for the Exiled, was released (Waterbug Records).

On 8 Dec 2006, Anaïs’ ‘folk opera’ “Hadestown” débuted (written / produced in collaboration with composer Michael Chorney & director Ben T. Matchstick). On 13 Feb 2007, her third album, The Brightness was released (Righteous Babe).

Hadestown, a concept album based on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, was released on March 9, 2010. It features contributions from Justin Vernon as Orpheus, Ani DiFranco as Persephone, Greg Brown as Hades, and Ben Knox Miller as Hermes; Anais herself sings the part of Eurydice.

Her new album, ‘Young Man in America’ was released on Wilderland Records in the UK on February 13, 2012 and in the US on February 28, 2012.


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  • bendingtree

    new record "xoa" coming this fall ... plus a solo tour!

    12 Jul 1:07pm Reply
  • acid_porno

    hadestown is probably the best album of the past 10 years

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • surajsharma

    HADESTOWN is a work of true genius.[2] heard it yesterday for the first time and was blown away!

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Buggy08

    so fuckin underappreciated

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • raincium

    Amen to the post below. Hadestown is a masterpiece! Anaïs Mitchell is such a brilliant artist. ♥

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • PeterAxeShields

    HADESTOWN is a work of true genius. Anais is one of my all time favourite artists.

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • selenacol

    I absolutely love her.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • therhapsody

    So perfect <3

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • latenightbus

    She's done 2 masterpeices in a row. Can't wait for the next one.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • peburgess

    Young Man in America is one of my 12 albums of '12:

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    Seen her live twice and both performances were phenomenal. The first time I saw her, she opened for Ani DiFranco and gave a stripped-down performance with just her acoustic guitar. It was so heartfelt and I fell in love with her music immediately. On her tour with Bon Iver, she had a full band and it was cool to hear her new songs come alive on stage. She is severely underrated and overlooked.

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • luke_suspicious

    Her lyrics seem to be still as solid and intriguingly beautiful as ever, but I think I'm mostly drawn to her early albums because of her singing style back then. She sounded way less Joanna Newsom-ey, maybe her more childlike affected way of singing since The Brightness was conscious, maybe not. Either way, though it wasn't a bad change at all (some newer songs probably wouldn't work as well as they do if recorded 8 years ago), I usually find her old voice more appealing.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I got to meet her when I saw her open for Bon Iver. She is so sweet and so humble. I'll never forget the night I got to meet her.

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    She is brilliant. Her tour with Bon Iver will get her more publicity, I'm sure.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • therhapsody

    Sublime set at the Ottawa Folk Festival. She's won me over!

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Yuri_Addict

    I saw her live today she was exceptional!

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • TJLinden

    Young Man in America is really growing on me, but Hadestown remains unbeatable. I keep on discovering new things in that album. :)

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JLFF

    young man in america now on spotify us woohoo

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Dustspell

    Hadestown it's an amazing album!...I could say that could be named as the Pink Floyd's The Wall of Indie-Folk

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • casablanca

    Listen together with others to new indie folk and indie pop artists and tunes in the "New Indie Folk" Soundrop room on Spotify -

    5 May 2012 Reply
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