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Anais Mitchell and Reed Foehl


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Sat., Sept. 13, 9 p.m. 2014 21+

Doug Fir

Fresh off a stop at last weekend's Sisters Folk Festival, Vermont singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell comes through Portland in advance of her new album, XOA, which features solo recordings of old and new songs. But even a collection of loose ends and rehashes is a tantalizing prospect from Mitchell, one of the best and most ambitious American songwriters around. Her 2010 opera, Hadestown, revisited the Orpheus myth to stunning effect, while the almost unbelievably gorgeous Child Ballads, her 2013 collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, reworked a handful of the English and Scottish folk songs collected by Francis James Child in the 1800s. Mitchell's greatest recent work, however, might be her 2012 album Young Man in America, a sprawling, impassioned record that explores family, tradition, and the state of the American working man (and woman). Putting aside the remarkable concepts that fuel her work, it's clear that Mitchell's gently blooming melodies and knowing-child voice could make even the most pedestrian, maudlin topics sound compelling. That she's got more on her mind than troubled love affairs makes her one of the most important voices in the American folk-music landscape. NED LANNAMANN

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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  • Sat., Sept. 13, 9 p.m. 2014
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