I'm flattered to have been asked to play Orpheus in Anais Mitchell's folk opera Hadestown in London. It's based around the myth of Orpheus and Euridice and set in a post apocalyptic depression-era America. Justin Vernon from Bon Iver sang the role on the album so it's a big honour to be thought of for this. Anais will be playing Euridice and Martin Carthy is playing Hades! It's happening at the Union Chapel on January the 25th.
There are some early bird discount tickets available here - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/98465
Here are some of the things written about the album and a bit of the press release about the London show -
“Multi-layered, sensationally good and endlessly absorbing...
an extraordinary album.” SUNDAY TIMES, CD of the Week *****
“Hadestown is nothing short of incredible...
Mitchell has always been good, but “Hadestown” is her Odyssey” NME 9/10
“Mitchell has created something joyful and witty that yields more with every listen” THE GUARDIAN *****
“Nothing short of awe-inspiring” DROWNED IN SOUND 10/10
From a 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Vermont, Anaïs Mitchell writes songs that are as intimate as conversations and as rich in detail as short stories. She is the rare musician who is equally comfortable wielding an acoustic guitar alone onstage, or scripting a vast operatic journey into the underworld.
‘Hadestown’ is the most recent of Mitchell's three critically acclaimed albums released on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe imprint. Recorded with a dream-team lineup including, among others, Ani DiFranco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Greg Brown, and Mitchell herself, Hadestown caught the attention of critics and music fans across the world, receiving five star reviews and raves from some of the most esteemed publications around.
For the first ever performances of Hadestown on this side of the Atlantic, Mitchell has assembled a star cast from the UK's own folk scene, with the legendary Martin Carthy and Jim Moray both having answered personal requests to be involved.