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.
Child Ballads wins BBC Folk Award
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Young Man in America on Best of 2012 lists
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.
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.
UK tour announced for Ballads record
Just announced: UK tour dates for February / March around the release of the ‘Child Ballads’ album with Jefferson Hamer.
Anais and Jefferson will play in London, Nottingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Colwyn Bay, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Bury. The tour comes on the back of their performance at Celtic Connections in January.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nomination
We’re thrilled and honoured that “Tailor” is nominated for Best Original Song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which take place in Glasgow in January.