Saturday, August 18
A new kind of festival
curated by Anna & Elizabeth
It’s not Coachella.
Imagine a day of music, ballads, storytelling, harmony workshops, and dance. A place where musicians blend with the audience. Where there’s no backstage. Where the green room is a vast field for picnicking. Anna and Elizabeth are Appalachian singer/songwriters who nestle in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds, and “are not only extraordinary musicians; they are also visual artists, historians, and storytellers” (No Depression) who have created a day of music with friends, including composer/cellist Paul Wiancko, experimental pedal steel luminary Susan Acorn, and dancer Sandy Silva, whose body percussion techniques and contemporary movement stands out at the vanguard of contemporary artistry in traditional music and dance. Come for a heritage-inspired festival and stay for the close harmonies.
From food to free tours of ancient medicinal herb gardens, this festival offers numerous experiences to enjoy with the music. Afternoon harmony & dance workshops. An evening performance in the barn that combines traditional song and dance with new compositions, movement, and projections inspired by the Shakers who built the barn. Followed by a rollicking barn dance.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:
1:30-2:30 CRANKIE MAKING with ANNA & ELIZABETH
Delve into the intricate craft of the “crankie” – scrolling illustrations depicting old ballads and stories made from fabric, thread, paper cuts, shadow puppets, and paint. Anna and Elizabeth will display some of their quilted scrolls (inspired by large-scale scrolling panoramas made 150 years ago) and other historic examples then, lead participants in a hands-on workshop to make your own mini version – perfect for children and inspired adults.
2:30-3:30 TRADITIONAL DANCE & MOVEMENT with SANDY SILVA:
Percussive dance is a highly rhythmic dance form that uses sounds created with the hands, feet, and voice. This traditional creative process is practiced from Appalachia to Quebec, Hungary to Cape Breton. Sandy will guide students (of any level) through basic percussive dance steps and into the joy of movement. (Wear or bring leather or flat-soled shoes)
3:30-5 SINGING with ANNA & ELIZABETH :
Sing in the same hall where Shakers sang. Anna and Elizabeth present a primer in harmony singing through a sample of songs from American traditions; early Appalachia lined-out hymns, Shape Note songs in four part harmony, gospel hymns from Virginia, and, of course, a beautiful group of Shaker songs. For singers of all ages and experiences.
5-7 DINNER ON THE LAWN
7 THE ANNA & ELIZABETH SHOW
9:30 ROLLICKING DANCE PARTY
This is your chance to catch Anna &Elizabeth in the Berkshires before they play Carnegie Hall on November 3!
Praise forAnna & Elizabeth’s recent release “The Invisible Comes To Us”:
Pitchfork Magazine / “pushing at what folk music sounds like and what it can do”
The New Yorker / “it is a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do”
Popmatters / “enchantingly experimental… a deeply immersive and enriching opportunity for the ears”
New York Times / “quietly subversive”
NPR Music / “a world of story songs from long ago, sung by folks”
fRoots / “a straight up masterpiece”
WORKSHOPS only $25/Members $22.50
CONCERT and BARN DANCE $25 Advance/$30 Day of
BARN DANCE only $15 Advance/$20 Day of
ALL ACCESS $65 Advance/$70 Day of
“They brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies we’d heard…If you never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.” NPR, Tiny Desk Concert