The Back Porch Festival: Anais Mitchell/ Birds of Chicago/ Jeffrey Foucalt

Signature Sounds Presents:

The Back Porch Festival: Anais Mitchell/ Birds of Chicago/ Jeffrey Foucalt

Sat · March 3, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Academy of Music Theatre

$20.00-25.00 (plus applicable fees)

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 six full-length albums, including 2010's sensationally-reviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth and 2013's Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track.

Birds of Chicago will release their new digital E.P. American Flowers, November 17th on Signature Sounds. Proceeds from American Flowers will benefit Chicago's South Side based Teen Living Programs.

"As a performer, Jeffrey Foucault has that enviable mix of great, unexpected songs and a warm and rugged stage presence that makes you feel alive and in awe all at once...'Salt as Wolves' [is] his most satisfying record to date...it's the record of a craftsman at the height of his powers." – No Depression

 

 

Anaïs Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell
Mitchell is a skilled storyteller...and her delivery gives an
emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens."
Pitchfork

"Currently a well-kept secret, Mitchell is writing material that
stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few
decades" Daily Telegraph

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.
Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago will release their new digital E.P. _American
Flowers_, November 17th on Signature Sounds. Proceeds from _American
Flowers_ will benefit Chicago's South Side based Teen Living
Programs [1]– a non-profit that builds community, hope and
opportunity for youth who are homeless and at risk.

The title track will be pre-released on November 7th along with
pre-orders. Look for their full-length album, _Love in Wartime_ to be
released in April, 2018.

_American Flowers_ is the revelatory Signature Sounds debut from
acclaimed husband and wife led band, Birds of Chicago. Known for their
"near perfect Americana" (No Depression), JT Nero and Allison
Russell had recently finished recording their sprawling rock and roll
circus of an album _Love in Wartime_, to be released next year. Nero
had a suite of songs that didn't feel quite at home on _Love in
Wartime_. Having relocated to Nashville, they decided to throw
themselves their own welcome to town party by recording an acoustic
E.P. at Steve Dawson's Henhouse Studio. New friends like Kenneth
Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, and Maya de Vitry of The Stray
Birds got in on the fun, and the Birds emerged after a couple days
with the raw, spontaneous, and warm_ American Flowers_. The E.P. is
_Love in Wartime_'s cousin from the country, and it rounds out Birds
of Chicago's offering of healing, communion, and celebration of life
in a dark and troubled time.
Jeffrey Foucault
Jeffrey Foucault
Contemporary and timeless._
– THE NEW YORK TIMES_

"As a performer, Jeffrey Foucault has that enviable mix of great,
unexpected songs and a warm and rugged stage presence that makes you
feel alive and in awe all at once...'Salt as Wolves' [is] his most
satisfying record to date...it's the record of a craftsman at the
height of his powers." _– NO DEPRESSION_

"Pure songwriter... his songs are simple and powerful." _– NPR_

I first saw Foucault play in a little Missoula theatre years ago, when
many of us who grew up spinning our elders' albums—Townes and
Dylan, John Prine and Greg Brown—wandered around dolorously
wondering when the next real songwriter would come along. Stetson
sweaty, that little vagabond spark in his eye, he spun out a long
Beam-fueled set and when it was over I walked out into the warm rain
and thought, Damn. So that's where he's been. Since then Foucault
has given American poetry some of its most vital lines and his musical
searchings have become touchstones of density and durability. On this
new record—his most poignant, honest, even scathing—his cry is a
belt of pure blue Wisconsin lake ice with a back of December sunlight
angling through bare limbed birches. Not so much penned as lived,
these songs—about a show played perfectly to an empty bar, the real
ones who die with nothing half the time— offer listeners that rare
artistic combination of a voice and a world. And while there's
nothing not lonely about these songs, you can't hear them and feel
remotely alone. Here is our hurricane lamp, the heart whose flame
won't go out, whatever the wind. Hold it close.
Venue Information:
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street
Northampton, MA, 01060
http://aomtheatre.com/