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Anna & Elizabeth on Folk & Beyond, Jan 16



on Folk & Beyond

Thursday, January 16, 2014

4:30 pm (est)


Anna and Elizabeth will stop by WTJU on Thursday, January 16, for a visit to  Folk & Beyond.  In between some live tunes, they might even chat about their concert the following night at The Haven in downtown Charlottesville.

Anna and Elizabeth live in Southwest Virginia, and weave traditional Appalachian music with storytelling, original artwork, shadow puppetry & scrolling illustrations called Crankies.

Their music is raw and sparse -- ballads, lullabyes, fiddle tunes, banjo songs. home music. They have learned it by immersing themselves as deep as they can in the tradition. spending time visiting the old (and young) masters and folklorists, visiting relatives of musicians gone by, and digging into the archives.

Their artwork draws from a wide range of theatrical and folk inspirations. They make papercuts, shadowpuppets, papier mache puppets, and quilted and collaged storytelling scrolls.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt, 26, of Blacksburg, plays fiddle, banjo and guitar; she calls square dances, and flatfoot dances. She has studied with master musicians throughout Appalachia, and was honored to learn much music and wisdom from Paul David Smith, the late, great master of Kentucky fiddling. She teaches traditional music and has been on faculty at music schools across the country, and abroad. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she recently completed an Appalachian Music fellowship from Berea College, writing about the lives of female fiddlers in Kentucky, stories which were published in the Old Time Herald.

Elizabeth LaPrelle, 26, of Rural Retreat, is an acclaimed ballad singer and banjo player. She began winning prizes for Folk Song at local Fiddler's Conventions at age eleven for her heartfelt and powerful singing. She has dug deeply into the rich history of mountain music at the Augusta Heritage Center and in her major, “Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance”, at the College of William and Mary. Elizabeth has now released three traditional music CDs with her solo project and family band, and has performed and taught workshops at festivals and concerts all over the country.

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