FRI MAY 19 / 8:00 PM / $25
First and foremost a storyteller, the Vermont-based singer-songwriter Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010’s sensationally-reviewed Hadestown — a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth — and 2012’s Young Man In America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as “an epic tale of American becoming,” and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song. Mitchell has headlined worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown), Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, and Punch Brothers. Her 2013 release, Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, is a collection of traditional Celtic and British Isles ballads. It won a 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Song, as well as finding itself on many “Best Of” lists. If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work, it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. We love this artist and are thrilled to welcome her back to McCabe’s after a three year absence.