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Wednesday Is For Folk Lovers

Today's #WIFL selections are a pair of artists whose differences serve to highlight the richness and versatility of the modern folk music scene. First up is Calan Mai, the moniker of Australian singer-songwriter Jordan Lawrence. This exuberantly animated video matches the sing-song staccato of his delivery, channeling the unhurried energy of Noah and the Whale and rustic grandeur of The Tallest Man on Earth.




Next up we have Anna and Elizabeth, the multi-hyphenate duo recontextualizing traditional and folk music in ways both familiar and new. Elizabeth LaPrelle is the rural Virginian with the timeless Appalachian folk voice, while Anna Roberts-Gevalt is the itinerant multi-instrumentalist equally at home in Kentucky and in Brooklyn's avant-pop scene. On their new album The Invisible Comes to Us, the duo are joined by Dirty Three drummer Jim White, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and Okkervil River and Cuddle Magic member Benjamin Lazar Davis as co-producer. Tonight's video selection, "Ripest of Apples", was originally recorded in the 1940s in northern New Hampshire and was found by the duo in the archives of Vermont's Middlebury College. You can catch the pair Sunday night at Pearl Street Warehouse.

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