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 UK tour earlier this year, they return with their captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art. Reviving the 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
“There’s something truly inspiring about this collaboration between 25 year olds from southwest Virginia… and a very special treat for lovers of pure traditional singing and playing, afficionados of the great ballad, and anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great.”
– Sing Out Magazine