Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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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
03/23/17
Palo Alto, CA
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center – Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
03/24/17
Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
03/25/17
Napa, CA
Blue Note Napa
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
03/26/17
Carmel, CA
Sunset Cultural Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
04/07/17
South Orange, NJ
South Orange Performing Arts Center
United States
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
04/08/17
Woodstock, NY
Bearsville Theater
United States
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
04/09/17
Wilmington, DE
World Cafe Live at The Queen
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
04/11/17
Winchester, VA
Shenandoah University – Armstrong Concert Hall
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
04/13/17
Princeton, NJ
Princeton University – Richardson Auditorium Alexander Hall
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
04/14/17
Randolph, VT
Chandler Center for the Arts
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
04/15/17
Corning, NY
Corning Museum of Glass – Auditorium
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
04/16/17
Annapolis, MD
Ram’s Head Live On Stage
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
05/11/17
Kalamazoo, MI
State Theatre
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
05/12/17
Chicago, IL
Chicago Symphony Center
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
05/13/17
Bloomington, IN
Buskirk- Chumley Theater
United States
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
05/14/17
Charleston, WV
Clay Center
United States
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
09/03/17
Pagosa Springs
The Four Corners Folk 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