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October 17, 2024
7:30 pm
Venue: Strand Theatre


Concert Genre
Americana/Folk, Country/Bluegrass
Price: Tickets start at $40
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn each holding large banjos

“The king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine) bring their musical magic to the Strand Theatre for the first time since 2015!

Fleck and Washburn will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other discovering new and unique realms, Fleck and Washburn present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time.


Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-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 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 & Abigail would begin making music together as a duo. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.

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