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Anais Mitchell concert Friday in NYM

Anais Mitchell, 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Vermont, will perform with Jefferson Hamer and Rachel Pies at the New York Mills Cultural Center this Friday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 advance sale and $15 the evening of the concert. Student admission is $5.

From her current home base in a 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Vermont, Anaïs ("uh-NAY-iss") Mitchell writes songs that are as intimate as conversations and as rich in detail as short stories. The daughter of "hippie back-to-the landers" whose father was a novelist and English professor, she remembers her family's home (another farmhouse in the same state) containing "a library full of novels, and lots of old folk and psychedelic rock albums.

"The books and the records all lived in the same room, which I am sure led to me thinking of songwriting as a kind of literature, a noble poetic enterprise."

No surprise, then, that the reference points of her music may seem to come from all over the map while still interconnected: the country ballads of the Carter Family, the hard-edged cabaret of Brecht and Weill, the story-songs of Randy Newman, the vast narrative scope of Pink Floyd's The Wall, and the intricately crafted tales of her namesake, bohemian feminist Anaïs Nin, to name a few.

Anaïs Mitchell is the rare musician who is equally comfortable wielding an acoustic guitar alone onstage, sharing a disc's worth of alt-country duets, or scripting a vast operatic journey into the underworld. She's a fearless explorer, and her world just keeps getting larger.

For more information about this and other upcoming concerts at the NYMRCC this fall, visit the website at