Celebrating its fifth year, London’s The Roundhouse presents ‘In the Round’, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s iconic main space, staged in a rarely seen, fully-seated concert set up around an almost circular stage. Since its inception in 2016, ‘In the Round’ has become known for its bold and adventurous programming. An eclectic mix of genre-spanning artists present a series of special shows that include unique one-offs, exclusive premieres, solo sets and storytelling, making it a key fixture of the musical calendar and an exciting start to the year.
Today, The Roundhouse announces its first wave of acts for ‘In the Round’ 2020 and amongst an array of eclectic performers is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell.
In 2010, Mitchell released the album Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus. Originally conceived as a community theatre project in rural Vermont, Mitchell continued developing it as a musical. Today, Hadestown is a Broadway hit and winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. Yet Hadestown is just one release from Mitchell’s six-album catalogue. Each, including the wonderful Young Man in America, and Child Ballads, draws from the tradition of folk, yet with thoroughly modern execution. Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry; her distinctive, fragile voice is beguiling, her melodies seductive and songcraft immaculate, tackling universal themes with emotional intimacy.
Anaïs Mitchell is a compelling live performer most usually seen in the UK, solo or duo. Her ‘In the Round’ appearance offers UK audiences a rare chance to see her music that spans the breadth of her catalogue, including some new material, together with a band.
Mitchell also appears in her latest project, Bonny Light Horseman, who will open the show. She appears with multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger) and Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats).
Additional ‘In The Round’ acts are as follows:
24 January – Jorge Drexler
25 January – Badly Drawn Boy
28 January – KOKOROKO
30 January – Fatoumata Diawara
31 January – Anaïs Mitchell
01 February – Beverley Knight