Global Rhythms: Banj-O-Rama
featuring Abigail Washburn
Friday, March 22, 2013,   8 - 10pm,   $5 - $20
Town Hall Seattle -- in the Great Hall (enter on Eighth Avenue)
If American old-time music is about embracing earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making, then Abigail Washburn is a bracing revelation to that tradition. The singing, songwriting, Chinese banjo player pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything you've ever heard before.
Exhibit A:   Her album City of Refuge, where, tucked in among picked and sung modal melodies, you'll find songs with catchy hooks and grooves -- and even the playful pop phrase, "Hey, hey, hey."
Washburn, who also plays the Chinese banjo -- and gave a moving 2012 TED talk on the connections she's formed touring America and China with it -- heads a lineup of stellar and diverse strummers in Town Hall's inaugural bow to the banjo, including Kane Mathis, who plays the Mandinka kora, the direct antecedent to the American banjo, and Mary Ohno, who plays the shamisen, the banjo's Japanese cousin.
Presented by Town Hall as part of its Global Rhythms series.
Series media sponsorship provided by KBCS 91.3 FM and KEXP.
Advance tickets are $18; seniors/$17; Town Hall members/$15; and students with ID/$10:   Town Hall Seattle
$20/$18/$17 at the door; $5 rush for students with ID 15 minutes before showtime.
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