Two duos performing separately and together — and interpreted for the hearing-impaired! Anna & Elizabeth present a mesmerizing collaboration: Appalachian music and stories, sung in close harmony and illustrated like you wouldn't believe. The Murphy Beds play traditional and original folksongs with tight harmonies, deft instrumental arrangements, and no clichés.
Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle are historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians. They bring old songs and tales to life in sparse Appalachian style with banjo, fiddle and guitar and close vocal harmony. They illustrate their songs with "crankies" — scrolling pictures, papercuts and shadow puppets that are absolutely mesmerizing — and with stories about the songs, the singers, and of how they came to learn the music.
Eamon O'Leary and Jefferson Hamer of the Murphy Beds met in New York while performing traditional Irish music. They discovered a shared love of old songs — from Ireland and throughout the British Isles. They joined together on an album that became the name of their duo, which O'Leary says is a mystery to their audiences in Ireland.