With their spellbinding reconfigurations of ancient folk ballads and deep immersion in Appalachian music, Anna & Elizabeth occupy a unique place in contemporary Americana that is defined by boundless experimentation. The duo combines two powerful and very distinct voices. Elizabeth LaPrelle was raised in rural Virginia and is frequently lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical curiosity has taken her from old time fiddling in Kentucky to a more recent immersion in Brooklyn’s avant-garde community. Together they find new ways to tell old stories of love, loss and intrigue, while relishing the tension that arises between their very different backgrounds and orthodoxies; holding firm to the roots of the music while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented.
They join us for the first time at FreshGrass as part of our FreshScores commissioning program — they will perform a new original score to a silent film.