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Benjamin Lazar Davis

May 15th 2018 @ The Shakespeare

Sheffield, United Kingdom
I Was There
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
7:30 AM
The Shakespeare
Sheffield, United Kingdom
The Dancing Bear is back for another very rare and special night of music in Sheffield!

With a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, Anna & Elizabeth stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements. Their captivating performance integrates visual art, movement and experimental film with breathtaking harmonies. They reveal what they find buried between the lines of traditional music and show us what they see. The result is an immersive, novelistic and groundbreaking exploration of old and nearly-forgotten songs. Their show is like no other. Through an immersive creative process and bold interpretations, theirs is a visionary partnership which pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences.

Impossibly intimate, an experiment of the timelessness of human thought and emotion, right here and now. One of my favorite bands around. - Abigail Washburn

I'm consistently knocked out by the way they combine the raw materials mined from traditional American music and culture with a highly creative, open-minded approach to art to create something visceral and surprising. - Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers)

Simply amazing. No Depression Magazine

Heartbreakingly great. Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire)

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.

Joining the duo are drummer Jim White of The Dirty Three, and experimental pedal steel player Susan Alcorn.
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