ABM is thrilled to have taken on UK and Irish representation for two of the most exciting young American traditional musicians on the contemporary scene: Anna and Elizabeth. Elizabeth Laprelle is one of the most sought-after ballad singers of her generation and Anna Gevalt-Roberts a mesmerizing, talented multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo and guitar) and singer, both sharing a desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music.
Creating a huge buzz of excitement on their debut UK tour last year, they plan to return in late July into early August with their captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art. Reviving the lost art of pair is reviving a lost art of ‘crankies’: cloth and cut-paper scrolls depicting scenes from ballads, their show (and workshops) are also ideal for educational settings as well as concert and festival venues.
“These young women follow in the footsteps of many of our idols and mentors who’ve gone before, and they do them proud.” Alice Gerrard
“They came to NPR and brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk. These songs are given few embellishments — sometimes a fiddle is added to a single voice, sometimes a banjo or guitar chimes in — but always the power is in the sparseness. If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.” Bob Boilen, NPR Music