CAMDEN – Shangri-La is pleased to present Iris DeMent at the Camden Opera House on Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, Iris DeMent is an American classic, with the ability to take everyday emotions and subjects and make you feel moved.

Her first album, “Infamous Angel,” released in 1992, won almost universal acclaim. She explored themes such religious skepticism, living in a small town “where nothing good ever lasts” and forgiving human frailty.

Her second album, “My Life,” released in 1994, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.

DeMent’s third album, “The Way I Should,” was released in 1996. Featuring the notable “Wasteland of the Free,” it is DeMent’s most political work. After a brief hiatus during the late 1990s and early 2000s, she released her fourth album, “Lifeline,” in 2004.

DeMent has sung duets with John Prine, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris, and is featured on the albums of many other performers. She has made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and appeared in the 2000 film “Songcatcher,” playing the character Rose Gentry and singing on the soundtrack as well.

Tickets for this general admission show are $27 in advance ($30 day of show) and are now available to purchase online at, by calling 667-2200, or at any of the following outlets: Wild Rufus in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Mr. Paperback in Belfast.

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