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Cayamo: Greg Brown

There’s so much music happening on Cayamo at every turn, so it’s typical to bounce from performance to performance. But when you decide to show up early, get a prime seat and stay for an artist’s entire set, it’s well worth it. My first experience doing that this week was for Greg Brown’s performance in the Spinnaker Lounge.

Joining Brown onstage was guitarist Jason Wilbur, who also performed with John Prine that same night. Wilbur played with effortlessness, perfectly complimenting Brown’s loose, finger-picking style. Prior to the performance, I had very limited knowledge of Greg Brown so I only knew to expect an extremely low, booming voice and beautifully written lyrics. What I didn’t expect was his humor! He had us in stitches with comedic tunes that were almost like spoken word…he told us about an unpleasant woman named Annabel being dead and gone and the dangerous task of bringing a cup of coffee to his sweetheart first thing in the morning. He sang about being happy, happy, happy…ALONE, and about his “fat boy blues”. There were really tender moments in the set too…a beautiful song about his grandmother and another about his wife (Iris Dement – also performing on the boat).

All in all, Brown really showed off his talent as a writer, and his unique approach to performing. I walked away with a real sense of how poetic and clever he really is.

Greg Brown

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NEW Music: Anais Mitchell

Hadestown: A Folk Opera

There’s so much to say about Anais Mitchell’s latest album. In short, back in 2006, she wrote a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth. She had the help of Michael Chorney, who wrote the score, and Ben T. Matchstick, who staged the show. After two runs of the performance and a lot of revision, Anais and her crew decided to head into the recording studio, where they took on an all-star cast of characters: Ani DiFranco as Persephone, Greg Brown as Hades, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) as Orpheus, Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem) as Hermes, The Haden Triplets as the Fates, and Anais playing Eurydice. 

Produced by Todd Sickafoose, this album really draws you in. Right away, it’s easy to feel the connectivity from song to song… and with a few listens, you really start to understand the story. The score alone lives and breathes and on top of that, the performances are outstanding. This is one of those records you’ll want to sit down with and listen to from start to finish, and I can bet you may just listen twice…

HERE, you can read the last two journal entries on Anais Mitchell’s website for the history and details of the project in her own words.

Upcoming local shows:

Sun, Mar. 28 2010 7:00 PM
Iron Horse
Northampton, MA
HADESTOWN release party
featuring Michael Chorney sextet!

Fri, Apr. 9 2010 8:00PM
Higher Ground
Burlington, VT
HADESTOWN release party
featuring Michael Chorney sextet!

Thu, Apr. 15 2010 8:00 PM
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA
HADESTOWN release party
featuring Michael Chorney Sextet & special guests TBA!

Fri, Apr. 16 2010 8:00 PM
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA
HADESTOWN release party
featuring Michael Chorney Sextet & special guests TBA!

Anais Mitchell

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