“One of the world’s most accommodating virtuosos. ” — The New York Times
Two of the world’s most highly regarded banjo players, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, take the stage at Payomet in a very rare duo performance. Throughout the years, Fleck and Washburn have found joy in making music together, whether for their own pleasure, during a year of touring with the Sparrow Quartet or impromptu live performances. You won’t want to miss their first appearance at the tent.
In the course of his staggering career, banjo maestro Béla Fleck has taken the instrument where it’s never gone before, and carried it back to its roots in West Africa. As a brash young explorer feeling his oats in the 1980s he added a jolt of energy to bluegrass as part of New Grass Revival. In the 1990s he attained rock star status as the leader of BélaFleck and the Flecktones, a brilliant communion of similarly self-invented instrumental masters. Since then he’s collaborated with a dazzling array of artists across the musical spectrum, garnering Grammy Award nominations in more categories than any other artist, ever.