When: Wed., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. 2015
Anaïs Mitchell has realized some big dreams in recent years. Her wildly inventive folk-rock opera Hadestown is about to launch off-Broadway, some 10 years after it was originally conceived. Her gorgeous 2013 album with Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads, earned global acclaim — including winning a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Prior to that, Mitchell released an ambitious concept album, Young Man in America. So, on her most recent record, xoa, the Vermont native scaled back and returned to her coffee-house roots. As its title subtly implies, the album is a love letter to her fans. It features newly rerecorded songs spanning the entirety of Mitchell’s career, presented with no more than acoustic guitar and that singular, sprightly voice. Mitchell plays Signal Kitchen in Burlington on Wednesday, December 2, with Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis.
Price: $18/20. AA