Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hadestown a Folk Opera

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This is one of those projects that is so impressive you wonder why you haven't heard of it yet. The folk opera is based on: "Hadestown is a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth and set in a post apocolyptic American depression era." They are currently performing shows in the midwest. The collaborators on these folk opera songs are great and work so well together too; Ani Difranco, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Ben Knox Miller of Low Anthem, Greg Brown, and the Haden triplets. Anaïs Mitchell, a vermont native, and talented singer/songwriter wrote all the songs for the play. Here are a few for you to sample. Way down is my favorite with a great roots blues feel that sounds like it's straight from New Orleans with some great harmonica and trumpet playing.

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