This originally-conceived program by singer/composer Moira Smiley features musical artists and styles from across the globe. In her Savannah debut, Smiley performs new works in which she blends her voice and instrumental prowess with interpretations of songs from Eastern European, Appalachian and shape-note traditions. She’s joined on stage by Seamus Egan, Kyle Sanna, Valentina Kvasova, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Ali Dineen, Jayme Stone, Joe Phillips, Sumaia Jackson and Philip Mayer. Smiley’s voice can be heard on feature films, BBC and PBS television programs, NPR and more than 60 albums. Smiley has toured with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, the groundbreaking Irish-American band Solas and Billy Child’s “Re-Imagining Laura Nyro.” She has sung in arenas, cathedrals, kitchens, on back porches, sound stages, glaciers and underground with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien and The Lyric String Quartet.
Fans of old-time music will be stunned by the authenticity of Anna & Elizabeth, who present a show like no other. The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments are supplemented with percussion, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections and crankies: illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed. With a shared love of Appalachian music, they stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, with innovative arrangements and breathtaking harmonies. NPR Music recently summed up their performance by saying: “They brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies we’ve heard at Tiny Desk.”