‘xoa’ is out now and has been receiving wonderful reviews. National newspapers in the UK including The Financial Times, Telegraph and Independent on Sunday all awarded the album 4 stars. The Boston Globe interviewed Anais about the making of the album, which you can read here
‘xoa’ is released to critical acclaim
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.
New Album and Tour
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
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.
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.