Taking their name from a children’s fantasy novel, Doran is a four-person freak folk supergroup hailing from rural Virginia, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. Together, singer and banjo-player Elizabeth Laprelle (of Anna and Elizabeth), multi-media performance artists and musicians Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer (West of Roan), and ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Dolphin draw from their respective work in story, song, archetype and image, and advance it into an untapped experimental terrain that is newly raw, wintry, moody, and tender. The result is an intimately collaborative record of rich and often eerie modal harmonies, supported by sparse acoustic arrangements, and grounded by the group’s strong background in traditional Appalachian ballad singing, Eastern European choral music, Celtic folklore, and improvisation. Doran's debut album was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, given a 7.9 on Pitchfork, and named one of the 10 best folk albums of 2021 by The Guardian. They are presented in Seattle by the Seattle Folklore Society.
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