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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Two of the World’s Most Accomplished and Innovative Banjo Artists, Return to St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids

St. Cecilia Music Center brings husband and wife duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn back to Royce Auditorium on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Performing last winter 2018, the duo sold out the hall to an adoring crowd. They are thrilled to return to St. Cecilia’s stage to embrace the intimacy and world-class acoustic sound within Royce Auditorium, a 630-seat venue. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have been called “the king and queen of the banjo.”

BélaFleck and Abigail Washburn concert tickets are $45 and $50 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org. A post-concert party with complimentary wine and beer bar is offered to all ticket-holders. All ticket prices include service fees and no additional fees are charged.

Executive Director of St. Cecilia Music Center Cathy Holbrook says,“Béla and Abigail are two of the most delightful and gracious musicians we’ve hosted in concert. Their warmth and love of music reflects in their amazing show. We are so happy to have them back at St. Cecilia Music Center.”

In fall 2017, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn released their second full-length studio album together: Echo In The Valley. The 11-track LP includes the two master banjo players playing amazing folk and bluegrass music. More recently, in October 2018, the husband-wife duo released a new single that marries two songs from their second album, which also is the soundtrack for a new music video featuring them with renowned dance company, Pilobolus.

The new single and video pairs “Come All You Coal Miners”, written by Appalachian ballad singer, activist and wife of a coal miner, Sarah Ogan Gunning, followed by the duo’s own “Take Me to Harlan.” To celebrate their new release, Fleck and Washburn returned to the road this past fall and are traveling the country together through spring 2019.

Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn is a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. Echo in the Valleyis the follow up to Fleck and Washburn’s acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. “The mission of Echo in the Valley was to take our double banjo combination of three finger and clawhammer styles to the next level and find things to do together that we had not done before,”says Fleck. “We’re expressing different emotions through past techniques and going to deeper places.”