I first met Anaïs Mitchell back in the summer of 2005 when she played a tiny show at Green Note, a vegetarian café-cum-gig venue in Camden Town co-owned by Anaïs’s former college roommate who also happened to go to university with a friend of mine.
Playing mostly songs from her then-current album Hymns For The Exiled, she charmed a standing ovation out of the small gathered crowd (which included legendary radio presenter ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, apparently a big fan). Already she was talking about the work she was doing on the “folk-opera” Hadestown, which finally found its way into our eager hands earlier this year – she even played an early version of ‘How Long?’ (aka ‘Hades & Persephone’) – but it wasn’t until late 2007 that I finally got to sit down with her and have a proper chat about it. In the very same café, no less.
Now, with Hadestown having raked in glowing reviews across the board and Anaïs finally getting recognition as a songwriter of formidable talent and emotional clarity, it seems only right to point you in the direction of that chat – one of the first interviews (if not the first) where she reveals the exciting developments that led to the version of Hadestown we know and love today.
Look out for a brand new interview with Anaïs, coming very soon!