Studio Session: Bonny Light Horseman, Folk Supergroup With Anaïs Mitchell : World Cafe A session that captures that spirit of being an audience of one, from the trio of Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman and Anaïs Mitchell.
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Bonny Light Horseman On World Cafe

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Bonny Light Horseman Makes New Folk Music, Inspired By The Spirit Of Old Folk

Bonny Light Horseman Makes New Folk Music, Inspired By The Spirit Of Old Folk

Bonny Light Horseman On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Blackwaterside"
  • "Bonny Light Horseman"
  • "Deep In Love"

If we're lucky, when you listen to World Cafe you experience what it's like when someone plays for an audience of one. That's generally how I feel when I'm sitting in a room with musicians, just feet away from a hopefully spectacular performance. So when I say today's session really captures that spirit, I hope you go with me, especially when you consider what musical traditions are being weaved through the music of our guest, Bonny Light Horseman.

What's a Bonny Light Horseman? It's what happens when three friends get together to make new folk music, inspired by the spirit of old folk music. The trio consists of Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman and Anaïs Mitchell, writer of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Hadestown.

It's also worth mentioning that this session was taped at the late hour of 9 a.m., so it's remarkable how they just blew through these songs flawlessly. Listen in the player above, and consider it the best wake-up call ever.

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