Live at the Guthrie: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Renowned Husband and Wife Banjo Duo
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This concert takes place at the Guthrie Theater. To purchase tickets, click “purchase,” buy in person at the Guthrie, or call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224.
About Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
One of the most prominent banjo players in the world, Béla Fleck and his wife and banjo companion Abigail Washburn, have been playing together since they met. Now taking their music on the road, Fleck and Washburn are traveling all over and bringing their Nashville roots along with them. As their first duo project, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, includes both original material as well as traditional songs from roots music. They have had successful solo careers, but both are excited to accompany each other and explore the duo’s identity as they continue to travel around the nation.
Trying impromptu duets at picking parties and showcasing a few tunes at benefits and occasional radio shows, they never took their act on the road until now. With the birth of their little boy Juno, and deciding that the best way to stay together more would be to play together more, they’re officially premiering their relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create boundless and beautiful music.
Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable – coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture.
Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs, and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his Banjo Concert ‘The Impostor.’ Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female stringband, Abby’s adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence.