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Listen Now: Anais Mitchell On Mountain Stage

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Anais Mitchell On Mountain Stage

Anais Mitchell On Mountain Stage

Listen Now: Anais Mitchell On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Of a Friday Night"
  • "Storytelling Girls"
  • "Shenandoah"
  • "Why We Build the Wall"
  • "Your Fonder Heart"
  • "Al's Piano"*

*Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage band

Anais Mitchell grew up idolizing Ani DiFranco, and now records for her Righteous Babe label. Brian Blauser hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser

Vermont born singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell finds a creative home in the place where literature and folk art meet. Her latest album, The Brightness, unleashes her distinctive voice and meticulously written songs in a spare acoustic atmosphere.

Well-traveled at a young age, Mitchell became globally conscious and socially reflective early on. Her current project is producing and promoting a folk opera called Hadestown, which was written by Mitchell, arranged by longtime collaborator and producer Michael Chorney and directed by Ben T. Matchstick. The story is based on the Orpheus myth and takes place in a futuristic, Depression-like era in a company town. Heard here in a live performance, Mitchell sings "Why We Build the Wall" from Hadestown, accompanied by Chorney.

This set is rounded out by "Al's Piano," a song written by West Virginia songwriter Colleen Anderson and performed by Mountain Stage vocalist Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage band.

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