Next Stage hosts acoustic duos Ordinary Elephant, Early Risers

PUTNEY-Next Stage Arts and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic folk music from far and near by Louisiana-based Ordinary Elephant and Putney-based Early Risers at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Folk duo Ordinary Elephant has spent the better part of the last decade on a never-ending tour that's earned Crystal and Pete Damore critical acclaim and made fans of luminaries like Tom Paxton and Mary Gauthier. In 2017, the couple took home the International Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year on the strength of their breakout album Before I Go; and, two years later, they returned with the similarly lauded Honest, which the Associated Press hailed as "one of the best Americana albums of the year."

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Early Risers are the Vermont-based folk duo of Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith. Both rootsy and lyric-driven, their original songs feature close vocal harmonies and arrangements on an array of instruments: banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, and shruti box.

After pursuing separate solo singer-songwriter careers, they joined forces in 2015 and have since toured across the country, from Maine to Texas, California to Vancouver. Their debut album, Making Life Sweet, went to No. 1 on the national Folk DJ Charts in November 2019.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for access to the livestream. Advance tickets are available at Next Stage will provide a beer, wine, and cocktail cash bar. For information, call 802-387-0102.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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