Excavating Folk Music's Mysteries

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Thursday February 08, 2018

From NPR

Anna & Elizabeth Are Excavating Folk Music’s Many Mysteries
By: Bob Boilen

For their new album on Smithsonian Folkways, The Invisible Comes to Us, Anna & Elizabeth dug into the archive at Middlebury College in Vermont to uncover old songs, rediscover their history and find new ways to express them. I started our conversation by playing a song discovered there, “Ripest of Apples,” from The Invisible Comes To Us.

We have a video premiere for the song Mother in the Graveyard, produced by filmmaker Jacob Blumberg, about which Ann Roberts-Gevalt wrote to say: “This old hymn from Vermont kept inspiring images of a figure in endless wandering. So we wandered until the sun came up, cold and tired, over Brighton Beach, the spot we like to go in Brooklyn to take long looks at the horizon.”

Listen to the whole conversation on NPR here