Highlights from Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown

I’ve been hearing about Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown in bits and pieces for quite a while now – starting from the last time she came to Cafe Paradiso and then in subsequent email and website updates. Folk music, theatre AND a reworked myth (Orpheus) all in one? Sounds like my kind of heaven, and I’ve been wanting SO BADLY to see it. Since I live in the Midwest and she’s been performing it in the New England area, well, chances are slim. So I was super excited when I noticed she updated her MySpace profile to include this little 10 minute highlight reel from the show:

Feed and email readers may need to come to the blog to see the video

Banjos? Steampunk costuming and sets? Ok, I think that only made me want to see it even more! I’m hoping this video means that the whole thing was taped and therefore viewable sometime in the future. I’d SO buy the DVD.

Here’s a clip of “The Wall”. She did this solo when she came through, and it has a very different feeling to it when the questions and answers are split:

Yeah, ok, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to see this. I realize I may be completely geeking out here and have lost all of you, but please don’t let that stop you from listening to Anaïs’ amazing music, because it truly is amazing.

Here’s a link to a great article about Anais and her signing to Ani DiFranco’s label Righteous Babe Records.

And here is a gorgeous little four and a half minute interview she did before a show in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Anaïs is the kind of people we want more of in the world.

Personal, political and passionate, her album The Brightness was one of my favorite albums of 2007. I highly recommend it. Of course the best place to buy The Brightness is direct from the source, but here are the links to it on iTunes and Amazon if you are so inclined.

(Special thanks to Professor K for providing a link to the Steampunk resource last month so I had a name for it when I saw it in the videos.)

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