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THE amaz­ing Anna and El­iz­a­beth per­form in Me­nai Bridge next month. Anna and El­iz­a­beth is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Anna Roberts-Ge­valt and El­iz­a­beth Laprelle, and they will be bring­ing their breath­tak­ing Ap­palachian roots mu­sic to the Vic­to­ria ho­tel on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3.

Their per­for­mance at The Vic­to­ria will be one of only three UK dates on their cur­rent Euro­pean tour.

The duo’s grow­ing ac­claim springs from their tal­ents as his­to­ri­ans, sto­ry­tellers, vis­ual artists, and gifted, in­tu­itive mu­si­cians—in com­bi­na­tion, a ground­break­ing ap­proach.

In­spired by the rich­ness and tra­di­tion of the moun­tain mu­sic of Ap­palachia, Anna and El­iz­a­beth gather songs and sto­ries from archives and vis­its with el­ders.

They bring th­ese songs to life in per­for­mance with sparse, at­mo­spheric ar­range­ments us­ing gui­tar, banjo,fid­dle, and the un­canny blend of their voices in close har­mony.

They ac­com­pany their songs with sto­ries- of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song— and they il­lus­trate them in mes­mer­iz­ing fash­ion.

The two re­vive the old scrolling pic­ture show dubbed ‘crankies’ - in­tri­cate pic­ture-scrolls il­lus­trat­ing the old songs they sing, which they cre­ate in tan­dem with pa­per­cuts, shadow pup­pets, prints, and em­broi­dered fab­ric.

Since Anna and El­iz­a­beth met in 2011, their work has brought them to stages across the world, in­clud­ing the At­lanta Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art; folk fes­ti­vals in Brook­lyn, the Yukon, Chicago, Maine, and Uzbek­istan.

They have also made ap­pear­ances at the Sid­mouth and Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­vals; res­i­den­cies at uni­ver­si­ties; sum­mer tra­di­tional mu­sic schools; and the­atres and folk clubs across the US and the UK, in­clud­ing this re­turn visit to Me­nai Bridge.

They have re­leased two ac­claimed full-length al­bums, their first ‘Sun to Sun’ was re­leased in 2012, and ‘Anna & El­iz­a­beth’ in 2015. They plan to re­lease their third al­bum in 2018.

“They brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearn­ing har­monies I’ve heard. 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

The doors open at 8pm and tick­ets are priced at £12.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Palas Print in Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mud­shark Records in Ban­gor.

For more de­tails on this and other up­com­ing shows, please visit: Owen’s gigs on Face­book or email to: owen­ Liver­pool Arms, Me­nai Bridge: Weds: Quiz 9pm. Sun: Mu­sic Quiz 9.30pm. T: 01248 712453. The Val­ley, Anglesey: Last Fri of month: live mu­sic, free en­try. Oct 27: The Atoms. Sun­day Carvery 12pm-4pm. Gar­den Bar. T: 01407 740203. Breeze Hill Ho­tel, Benllech: Thurs’s 9pm: Quiz night for lo­cal char­i­ties. T: 01248 852308. The Owain Glyn­dŵr, Lland­dona: Tues, Fish chips & peas. Fri, Curry night. £5 each, from 5-8pm. T: 01248 810710. Tap & Spile, Ban­gor: Tues, free en­try prize quiz 9.30pm. Monthly open mic night. T: 01248 370835. French Con­ver­sa­tion on Thurs, 7-9pm (in­ter­me­di­ates and above). For de­tails e: jan­nieu@tis­ The Bull Inn, Bethesda: Weds at 9pm, Jam Ses­sion. T: 01248 600438. Anglesey Arms, Caernarfon: Thurs­days: quiz night. Fri­days: live mu­sic. T: 01286 672158. Pant-yr-Ardd, Tre­garth: Every Tues­day at 9pm, Bingo. T: 01248 600057. Anglesey Arms, Me­nai Bridge: The North Wales Gui­tar Cir­cle meets 7.45pm on the se­cond Tues­day of each month. More de­tails tel: Jane 01407 831480.

Anna & El­iz­a­beth bring their breath­tak­ing Ap­palachian roots mu­sic to the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, Me­nai Bridge on Novem­ber 3

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