You are here

Shovels & Rope

Spouses Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent carry the tightly harmonized, melodic torch of American folk music as Shovels & Rope, but their sound also “fuses the rhythmic scrappiness and renegade spirit of punk rock with the narrative content and porch-pickin’ bones of American roots—and a bit of blues thrown in for good measure” (Rolling Stone). As Hearst says, “it’s dynamic. That’s the real authenticity of folk music, is that it’s yours to do with whatever you want.” On their latest album, Little Seeds, the Americana Music Association Song of the Year-winning duo draws from tumultuous times and the birth of their daughter to expertly craft their creative terrain. In live performance, they present “a combination front-porch hootenanny, joyful church service, and honky-tonk excursion” (Chicago Tribune).

This performance will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes with no intermission.

Download the ELLNORA 2017 mobile app on iTunes or Google Play for the latest festival updates!

Patron Sponsors

  • Gözen & Chris Hartman
  • Jill & James Quisenberry

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Frances & Marc Ansel
  • Beth & David Chasco
  • Beverly & Mike Friese
  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey
  • Mary & George Perlstein
  • Julia & Gene Robinson
  • Anonymous

Corporate Platinum Sponsor

  • WCIA 3

Corporate Gold Sponsors

  • The Daily Illini/WPGU-FM 107.1
  • Koester & Bradley, LLP
  • The Whip at Backland Radio dot com

Corporate Silver Sponsors

  • The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery
  • Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
  • Comfort Suites
  • Kessler Optical
  • Lite Rock 97.5-WHMS FM
  • Smile Politely
  • The Upper Bout
  • Visit Champaign County
  • WEFT 90.1

Corporate Bronze Sponsors

  • Analog Outfitters
  • Barham Benefit Group
  • Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC
  • ESPN 93.5
  • Events at Refinery
  • golive.fm by Greencopper
  • Weiskamp Screen Printing

The three-day guitar spectacular of ELLNORA is possible only because of individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Krannert Center thanks our event sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support. We hope you will consider joining them, to ensure Krannert Center’s vibrancy now and for generations to come. Learn more about sponsoring an event »

Event Details

Tryon Festival Theatre
Fr Sep 15, 2017 - 9:45pm
Pick Five+: 33 / SC 28 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 35 / SC 30 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10