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watch Anna & Elizabeth on ‘Live From Here,’ see them at Carnegie Hall w/ Low Anthem

Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth (photo by Brett Winter Lemon)

You won’t hear many albums like Anna & Elizabeth’s third LP, The Invisible Comes To Us. It’s folk music that will sound instantly familiar to any fan of the last several decades of folk music, but it also sounds unmistakably modern. If certain parts do sound very, very old, it’s because they sort of are. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle sourced much of the music for this album from the Helen Hartness Flanders archive at Vermont’s Middlebury College, which includes nearly 5,000 field recordings by Vermonters and New Englanders. (It makes sense to hear that this album was picked up by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the Smithsonian Institution’s nonprofit record label which is also home to recordings like “This Land Is Your Land.”) But what Anna & Elizabeth do with these old folk songs is what makes them sound so fresh. They teamed up with producer Benjamin Lazar Davis and drummer Jim White (of The Dirty Three and Xylouris White) to interpret the folk music they discovered in a context where synthesizers and acoustic guitars co-exist. There are parts of this album that sound like 1950s Greenwich Village and other parts that sound like ambient drone.

The above is a quote of my writeup on Anna & Elizabeth‘s great 2018 album The Invisible Comes To Us. The duo are about to embark on a short run of East Coast shows in November, which they say will be their last shows of 2018. At a few of them, they’ll be joined by Grey McMurray (who’s worked with Beth Orton, Nick Zammuto, Colin Stetson, and others) on synths and electric guitar.

One of the shows with Grey is at NYC’s historic Carnegie Hall on November 3, and that’s a Rosanne Cash-curated double bill with The Low Anthem, whose new album also mixes folk music and ambient music. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall show are on sale, and you can get them for the reduced price of $20 using the code BKV30295. It’s valid today (10/25) only from 11 AM to 11:59 PM. Limit eight tickets per purchase. Also, the first 200 people to show up to the Carnegie Hall show get a free drink at Zankel Hall’s Parterre Bar. Doors are at 8 PM. More info on the coupon and list of all Anna & Elizabeth dates below.

Earlier this month, Anna & Elizabeth performed at a St. Paul edition of Live From Here with Chris Thile, and you can watch videos of them playing “Jeano,” “Mother in the Graveyard,” “John of Hazelgreen,” and “Farewell to Erin” at that show, below.

Speaking of Rosanne Cash, her new album She Remembers Everything is currently streaming on NPR, and she has several upcoming tour dates.

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Anna & Elizabeth — 2018 Tour Dates
NOV 2 FRI City Winery Boston, MA*
NOV 3 SAT Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall New York, NY w/ The Low Anthem*
NOV 6 TUE Floyd Country Store Floyd, VA
NOV 7 WED Ambrose West Asheville, NC w/ Livingdog
NOV 8 THU Jammin Java Vienna, VA*

* – w/ Grey McMurray on synth and electric guitar

FOR CARNEGIE HALL TICKET COUPON: This offer is valid Thursday, October 25 from 11 AM to 11:59 PM. Limit eight tickets per purchase. Some limitations may apply. Offer is subject to availability and prior sale, is not valid on prior purchases, and cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Valid online, by phone, or at the Box Office. No refunds or exchanges. Internet and phone orders are subject to standard convenience fees.

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