The Paramount Theatre Presents Béla Fleck and Abigial Washburn
Banjo virtuosos and husband-and-wife musical adventurers Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will take to the Paramount Theatre stage on Thursday, October 23, at 8 p.m., only three weeks after the release of their much-awaited and critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blended with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship create music both unique and familiar. Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs and the entire Cleveland Orchestra. Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone. 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. Tickets are available at paramountvt.org or 802-775-0903. The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center Street in Rutland.