Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Worldwide

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a sixteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The pair performs music from their self-titled debut for which they took home the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.

The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen and informally at a pickin’ party here, a benefit there, or occasionally popping up in each other’s solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn would produce a full-fledged project together as a duo. Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But, when the banjo players are Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, it’s a different matter entirely. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, on top of the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.

Fleck has the virtuosic, Jazz-to-Classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with Bluegrass roots. His standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing concertos to exploring the banjo’s African roots to Jazz duos with Chick Corea, have had many tout that he’s the world’s premier banjo player. Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has also done fascinating work in Folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force, and become quite a live draw in her own right.

Tour Dates

Date
City
Venue
Country
Ticket
09/03/17
Pagosa Springs
The Four Corners Folk Festival
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
09/05/17
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado College - Armstrong Theater
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
09/07/17
Fort Collins, CO
Lincoln Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
09/08/17
Steamboat Springs, CO
Strings Music Festival
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
09/29/17
Raleigh, NC
Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Red Hat Amphitheater
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
09/30/17
Franklin, NC
Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
10/20/17
St. Louis, MO
Sheldon Concert Hall
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
10/21/17
Lawrence, KS
University of Kansas – Lied Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/02/17
Kent, OH
The Kent Stage
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/03/17
Toronto
Danforth Music Hall
Canada
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/04/17
Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/05/17
Lancaster, PA
Franklin & Marshall College – Barshinger Center for Musical Arts
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/09/17
Owings Mills, MD
Gordon Center For Performing Arts
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/10/17
Phoenixville, PA
Colonial Theatre
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/11/17
New York, NY
Concert Hall NY Society for Ethical Culture
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/12/17
Great Barrington, MA
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/14/17
Montreal, QC
Corona Theatre
Canada
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/17/17
Portland, ME
State Theatre
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/19/17
Plymouth, NH
The Flying Monkey Performance Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
11/24/17
Eugene, OR
John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/25/17
Seattle, WA
The Moore Theatre
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/26/17
Bellingham, WA
Mount Baker Theatre
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
11/27/17
Portland, OR
Portland’5 Center for the Arts – Newmark Theatre
United States
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn