Anne & Pete Sibley, winners of the Great American Duet Sing-Off, will perform at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.
For this husband and wife duo, it is the simplicity of the music the words, the vocals, the harmonies that inspire them. The storytelling and intimate nature of their original songs has drawn fans and encouraged them to keep delivering. They aren't afraid of making music that is personal, pairing it down, staying true to their instincts. The audiences and the communities and the correspondence from their fans in the past five short years has made it very rewarding for the couple and reinforced their commitment to their music.
Raised in New England singing in choirs, studying all types of music except folk and bluegrass the Sibleys stumbled upon their true musical calling when they moved west to Jackson Hole, Wyo., the land of the Tetons. They consider folk and bluegrass the people's music, nature's music; and they sing it freely and graciously. In April 2009, the Sibleys took top honors in the Great American Duet Sing-Off on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
Anne & Pete Sibley, winners of the Great American Duet Sing-Off, will appear at the Fredonia Opera House as part of the Folk in Fredonia Music Series on Fri., Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.
The Sibleys have recorded four well-received CDs, including one for Christmas. They celebrated their newest release, "Coming Home," in April 2009, just as they were winning the Sing-Off. Of their CD "Will You Walk with Me," Bluegrass Now magazine says "what emerges front and center are the couple's transcendent harmonies, vocal renditions that embellish already artful songwriting."
Reviewers from online music source CD Baby, say that on "Coming Home," the Sibleys' voices go together like milk and honey. "This duo makes a strong case for the argument that there's nothing better than unadorned, unaffected human voices."
Nashville Public Radio says of the Sibleys, "their harmonies are warm, tight and soulful, and their performances simple, poignant and unforgettable."
Tickets for the concert are $15 ($13 for Opera House members) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at (716) 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.fredopera.org anytime.
The Sibleys' performance is part of the Folk in Fredonia Music Series, which is generously sponsored by the Gilman Family. In addition, this event is supported with funds from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.