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Jefferson teaching at Miles of Music, June 7-13, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Miles of Music is a week-long island retreat for roots musicians and songwriters of all ages and abilities. I’m excited to be teaching again this year alongside an exceptional cast of instructors including Kristin Andreassen, Laura Cortese, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, The Revelers, Miss Tess, Clelia Stefanini, Valerie Thompson, Michaela Anne, Adam Moss, Dietrich Strause, Aaron Shafer-Haiss, Dinty Child, Shane Leonard, Jess McIntosh, Heather Robb (of The Spring Standards), and Oliver Craven & Maya deVitry (of The Stray Birds).

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Murphy Beds to perform live web show on Concert Window

The Murphy Beds will be performing live on the internet via Concert Window on April 2, at 8:00 PM EST. The concert will be part of Concert Window’s new “Songs from the Couch” series, broadcast live from Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Watch live on the internet from anywhere in the world! These shows are interactive, with viewers and artists chatting in real time, taking requests, gratuities, throwing virtual cabbages, flowers, bras, and the like. Register with Concert Window today to see this show, and access their full lineup of terrific on-line concerts!

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Anais and Jefferson win BBC Folk Award

Exciting news: On February 19th, at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall, Anais and Jefferson won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for “Willie of Winsbury,” the opening track of their 2013 release Child Ballads. They were nominated in two categories, including Album of the Year, and took the award for Best Traditional Track. Later in the evening they performed the song live.

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer perform live at London's Royal Albert Hall, 2/19/2014

You can watch their live performance of “Willie of Winsbury” featuring Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and Martin Green (accordion) here:

NPR music names Child Ballads top 10 of 2013



Child Ballads by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer is named one of the top-10 Folk and Americana releases of 2013 by NPR music.

Murphy Beds to support Beth Orton on February tour

Jefferson and Eamon O’Leary ( The Murphy Beds ) will be on tour in the Northeastern USA this February supporting the fantastic Beth Orton ! Hope to see you out at some of these shows:

February 4, 2014 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
February 5, 2014 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater 1894
February 7, 2014 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
February 8, 2014 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
February 9, 2014 – Portland, ME – Asylum
February 11, 2014 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
February 13, 2014 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Hey, it’s with gratitude and humility we announce that Child Ballads has been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Best Album, and Best Traditional Track “Willie Of Winsbury.” So happy to be included among our friends and fellow nominees. Best wishes and luck to everyone!


“Child Ballads” nominated as fRoots 2013 Album of the Year



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The 28th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2013

Albums Of The Year Nominees

Every year since 1986 fRoots has polled experts in the UK and worldwide to decide the Album Of The Year in the fields of music which we champion – folk, roots and world music. With over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists on the panel, the fRoots Critics Poll For Albums Of The Year is long established as the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, the de facto flagship industry award.

Along the way, we added a separate poll category for Reissues & Compilations and more recently a Best Packaged Album category. Here are all the winners down the years.

We’re now pleased to reveal, in alphabetical order, the top nominees for the New Album and Best Reissue/Compilation for 2013.

This year’s winners will be revealed exclusively by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 6th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari, and here from 10th December.

Interview in Goldmine Magazine

Jefferson Hamer discusses ‘Child Ballads’ project with Anaïs Mitchell

Jefferson in October, 2013 issue of Acoustic Guitar

Jefferson gives an interview and lesson with Acoustic Guitar magazine about his guitar parts for the Child Ballads album. The full text and tab of the article are available for AG subscribers here, and the video lessons are available on-line for free here.


etown with Anais and Jefferson

there’s some nice etown footage online from 5.23.2013 with Anais Mitchell, JH, and Joe Pug. here’s Riddle’s Wisely Expounded.