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xoa Available for Pre-Order

xoa is out on 6th October (30th September in North America)! It’s on limited release but you can order it from the following retailers:

On the Anais Mitchell web-store (shipping out of the US)

On Amazon (shipping out of the UK)

On iTunes US

On iTunes UK

And on all the usual digital platforms too.

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New Album and Tour

dear friends!

i’m excited to announce a big new solo tour to go along with a rare solo recording i made with the wonderful gary paczosa (who produced child ballads)!

the record (called “xoa”) will be in limited release this fall ~ i made it mainly for YOU beautiful people in response to requests from y’all over the years ~ it’s got a few new & previously unrecorded songs, a few from hadestown that were sung by other artists on the record, and a few from my back catalogue!

me and my family are hitting the road for most of the fall and playing shows all over the states, UK & Ireland, and a few on the continent. some of the dates are being announced here now and there will be more to come! LOVE AND THANKS. XOA

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Child Ballads wins BBC Folk Award

We’re absolutely delighted to have won the award for Best Traditional Song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. It was a very special night and we’re grateful for the generous recognition for the album. Anais and Jefferson performed at the awards, which was broadcast live from London’s Royal Albert Hall. You can see the performance here.

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Child Ballads nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

We’re honoured that Child Ballads is nominated in two categories for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Album and Best Traditional Song. The winners will be announced on February 19th at a ceremony broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

 

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Child Ballads nominated for fRoots magazine’s Album of the Year

Delighted that Child Ballads is nominated for fRoots magazine’s Album of the Year award. The winner will be announced on BBC Radio 3 on December 6th.

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Anais featured in Caffe Lena book

Anais is featured in a new book and CD box set about the historic Caffe Lena. It’s a beautiful collection, 11 years in the making, documenting the history and impact of America’s oldest continuously running folk music coffee house. Other featured artists include Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Ani DiFranco with a foreward by Tim Robbins. Check out www.caffelenahistory.org for more info.

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NPR Weekend Edition on ‘Child Ballads’

NPR broadcast a feature on the Child Ballads on their ‘Weekend Edition’ program at the end of April, which helped catapult the album into the Top 20 music chart on Amazon. Featuring interviews with Anais and Jefferson, as well as Martin Carthy, the piece and its transcript can be found here

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PITCHFORK stream Child Ballads track

The new album ‘Child Ballads’ is already gaining critical acclaim pre-release. MOJO magazine gave it 4 stars, Songlines magazine awarded 5 stars, and Uncut magazine gave us a lovely full page review here

Pitchfork are also streaming an exclusive up-front stream here. of ‘Willie of Winsbury’, the opening track of the album.

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Young Man in America on Best of 2012 lists

We’re delighted that Young Man in America made it onto many Best of 2012 lists in the national and international press, including MOJO, Uncut, The Independent, NPR and the Wall Street Journal.

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New album, Child Ballads, out early 2013

We’re excited to officially announce the forthcoming release of Anais’ new album, Child Ballads, which she recorded with friend and collaborator Jefferson Hamer. It’s a collection of traditional songs from the British Isles, named after their collector, Francis James Child. Anais and Jefferson recorded the album in early 2012 with legendary Nashville producer Gary Paczosa. Their versions have been carefully re-imagined to reflect an American sensibility as well as a deep respect for the tradition. The beautiful artwork has been created by Peter Nevins, who also made the Hadestown illustrations.

Tracklisting:
Willie of Winsbury (Child 100)
Willie’s Lady (Child 6)
Sir Patrick Spens (Child 58)
Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child 1)
Clyde Waters (Child 216)
Geordie (Child 209)
Tam Line (Child 39)

The album is released in the UK and Europe on February 11th 2013 and in the US and Canada on March 19th 2013.

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