Banjos in China

Abigail Washburn in ChinaI found an interesting piece on Xinhua online, an English language version of about a set of performances this weekend by Sparrow Quartet in Bejing. The group includes Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on banjos, with Casey Driessen on fiddle and Ben Sollee on cello.

Washburn, who plays banjo with Uncle Earl and studied in China, has been active for several years in musical collaborations with a Sino-American synthesis. She has been touring in Asia with Sparrow Quartet off and on since late October, a tour that runs another month.

It’s worth a visit to the site to check out the show poster, with it’s 1940s vintage show poster vibe, in a mix of Chinese and English.

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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.