With her gorgeous, minimalist folk songs, Finnish singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner creates a world that’s darkly inviting.
Drawing on the Appalachian murder ballad tradition and haunting early Delta blues, Wagner is a storyteller like no other, accompanying her rich, velvet voice with delicate acoustic fingerpicking. It’s little wonder she won the coveted 2015 Nordic Music Prize for her latest album, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day. Fans of Michael Gira and Nick Cave will find much to love in Wagner’s spellbinding performances.
Opening the show, New Zealand songwriter Nadia Reid has a voice of exquisite, pure beauty. Her debut album, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs, is a trove of intriguing folk, indie-soul and alt-country gems.
This show is part of our St Stephen’s Sunday Folk series, where we present three distinct branches of new folk music over the course of consecutive summer Sundays in the sublime architecture and rich acoustics of St Stephen’s Uniting Church. Other shows in the St Stephen’s Sunday Folk program are American Primitive: Sir Richard Bishop & Daniel Bachman and Michael Hurley & Meg Baird. These special performances close in time for you to catch the sun setting while walking to the Festival Village for evening entertainment.
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