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Date: Monday, 11th December, 2017
Time: 8pm
Tickets: €36.50*

*Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings


Aiken Promotions present


with very special guest Anaïs Mitchell


Josh Ritter returns to Cork Opera House this December celebrating the release of his brand-new album. Ritter’s acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering.  Along with his loyal bandmates, the Royal City Band, Josh returned to the studio with more songs than he’d ever had before at one time.  Re-engergized after a recent collaboration with legendary musician Bob Weir (who contributes vocals and guitar to a song on Gathering) and — at the same time — tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Josh felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others’ expectations. In his words, “I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms.”

“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter an artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”  – The Washington Post

“The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now” – Entertainment Weekly

“100 Best Living Songwriters” – Paste Magazine



Announcing very special guest, Anaïs Mitchell

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums, including 2010’s sensationally-reviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth; 2012’s Young Man in America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as ‘an epic tale of American becoming’; and 2013’s Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track.


Mitchell has headlined shows worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown) Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. Her stage production of Hadestown, which was ten years in the making, opened Off-Broadway in May 2016 to rave reviews. The New York Times called it “inventive, beguiling and spellbinding” while Vogue announced that “Hadestown will be your new theatre obsession”.  The show was extended twice as a result of critical success and sell-out performances.


“Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision…a formidable

Song-writing talent” New York Times

“The most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist working in the field of new

American folk music” Independent on Sunday

“Mitchell is a skilled storyteller…and her delivery gives an emotional complexity that

welcomes and even demands repeated listens.” Pitchfork

“Mitchell is an Americana princess” UNCUT MAGAZINE *****

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