Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m.
Avalon Theatre $60
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically, and eventually fell in love.
Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres; Washburn is a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. 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.
Whether at home, on stage or on record, Bela and Abigail’s 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.