Anne Hills in concert sponsored by the Cornell Folk Song Society on Saturday September 12 at 8:00 pm 165 McGraw Hall Cornell University Arts Quad Ithaca NY
ITHACA NY — Anne Hills is no stranger to Ithaca, but she will be making her first solo appearance for the Cornell Folk Song Society in over a decade. When she first came to Ithaca, she was one of contemporary folk’s hottest rising stars. Now she reigns as a premier vocalist, for “the pure beauty of her voice,” as Tom Paxton has described her stunning soprano, and for the gaiety of her stage presence and her knack for presenting just the right material. Anne finds her own voice in excellent interpretations of songs by the likes of Jack Hardy, Michael Smith, Eliza Gilkyson, Phil Ochs, and David Roth, and her own originals are remarkable and compelling. Only Anne
Hills can transform road directions into dramatic, heartfelt music. Whatever she sings –traditional, topical, musical theater, jazz, country–sounds newly invented.
Born in India and raised in Michigan, Anne Hills spent many years in the music business in Chicago, where she cofounded the Hogeye folklore center; she now hails from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has interspersed her solo career with brilliant musical partnerships with Cindy Mangsen and Priscilla Herdman (revered as “The Trio”), Michael Smith, Jay Ansill, and Tom Paxton, and (along with Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, and a host of other illustrious musicians) is featured on several Pete Seeger tributes. Her diversity is evidenced by more than 22 recordings, each a gem. As a writer, she is known for deeply moving biographical songs about people in the Civil War, in silk mills, and in cancer wards, the lost refugee and the wonder-filled child of nature. She has a gift for bringing literature to life in music. Multi-talented, Anne Hills has also won accolades as an actress, poet, and children’s book author, for her community service as a social worker, and for benefit concerts and recordings to help those in need or to further the cause of justice. Music-making is the medium and source of energy for her activism: she’s no slouch on guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Throw that glorious, unmistakable voice into the mix, and you’re in for a memorable concert.
Tickets: $15 advance/$17 door; $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens.
Cornell students $10/$12. Children free. Tickets at Ludgate’s, Ithaca Guitar Works, GreenStar, Small World Music, Bound for Glory, or online <http://www.cornellfolksong.org/>. Info: 607-279-2027 or website.