Multi-instrumentalist Anna Roberts-Gevalt and ballad-singer Elizabeth LaPrelle honor Appalachian artistry with a repertoire collected from archives, elder musicians, and their contemporaries among the old-time renaissance in the U.S. In haunting ballads, lilting lullabies, and songs of grace and redemption, the duo showcases arresting vocal harmonies that seem both very old yet fresh and raw.  Roberts-Gevalt and LaPrelle also create and perform with “crankies,” remarkable old-fashioned story-scrolls. “These songs are given few embellishments — sometimes a fiddle is added to a single voice, sometimes a banjo or guitar chimes in — but always the power is in the sparseness. If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in,” says Bob Boilen of NPR Music.


Friday, September 16: Lotus Friday Evening Showcase
Saturday, September 17:  Lotus in the Park
Saturday, September 17:  Lotus Saturday Evening Showcase
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The Lotus Dickey Artist honors the late Quinten “Lotus” Dickey, an Indiana old-time musician whose love of music from around the world embodies the spirit of the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.

Presented in partnership with Friends of Old Time and Celtic Music.

(Image credit: L. Elmaleh)