A concert of traditional
David Mould / Stephanie Hysmith
1568 Quarrier St
Tickets at the door
FREE Under 13
FREE VISTA workers
Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle are bringing their nationally-renown crankies to Charleston, WV, for an evening celebrating traditional Appalachian ballads, storytelling, music, and more.
Anna & Elizabeth, of southwest Virginia, weave collected stories, old ballads, fiddle and banjo tunes with shadow puppetry and original scrolling illustrations called crankies — stitched in fabric, and cut out of paper.
Anna & Elizabeth have been on faculty at traditional music schools across the United States, as well as in France. They write and direct a monthly live radio show in Floyd Virginia, hosting such greats as Riley Baugus & Alice Gerrard.
Anna, from Vermont, moved south to study to immerse herself in Appalachian music, was a grant-recipient for her research of female fiddlers at Berea College, has studied with master Kentucky fiddlers Bruce Greene, John Harrod and Paul David Smith, and recently produced a compilation album of young traditional musicians The New Young Fogies.
Elizabeth is an acclaimed ballad singer, has released three solo albums and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion; she grew up singing with her family, and has since learned from many Appalachian ballad singers, including Sheila Kay Adams and Ginny Hawker.
They have brought their much-lauded show to the High Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta; the Lexington Opera House; the Seattle Folk Festival; The Austin Stringband Festival; The Blackpot Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana; Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina; The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferrum, Virginia, and at schools, nursing homes, and small venues throughout Southwest Virginia.