Abrams Brothers on WWB

The Abrams Brothers (John and James) with the Cooper violin they received in the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin AwardThis evening (10/23) at 6:00 p.m., you can tune into Uncle Billy Dunbar’s show on WorldWideBluegrass.com and hear John Abrams talk with Billy about his work as one half of The Abrams Brothers.  Along with his younger brother James, these Canadian teenagers have been performing at bluegrass shows for several years, and have two CDs as The Abrams Brothers on Mastershield Records.

They were recipients of the 2006-2007 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award, awarded by Mark O’Connor on behalf of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Pearl was a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Many readers may recall the shock and outrage that accompanied his murder, but may not have known that he was also an avid fan of bluegrass and old time music, and played the fiddle at DC-area jams when he was at home in the US.

The brothers were awarded a hand crafted violin made by noted maker Jonathan Cooper. Two young award recipients are chosen each year at the Mark O’Conner Strings Conference in California, and the recipients get the use of the violin for a year, during which they are charged to uphold the values of Daniel Pearl: excellence, peace and belief in humanity.

The Abrams Brothers toured Israel earlier this year, specifically to take the opportunity to play the Pearl violin in his homeland, and they shared the poignancy of this gesture in their account of the visit.

“This was especially meaningful, as we soon have to return the violin to allow another person to play it and take forward Daniel’s message of peace and harmony through music and the written word. This is a responsibility we have taken very seriously, so we were especially pleased to be able to travel to Israel to share the memory of Daniel and what he stood for with the festival attendees.”

To listen to the 24/7 WWB audio stream online, just visit their streaming page, and choose a connection speed and file type. Uncle Billy’s show begins at 6:00 p.m. (eastern).

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.