You pick and I'll grin...
What do 2 Banjos and 1 Musical Married Couple equal: A happy picking and grinning concert!
Clearly, a Banjo is a happy sounding instrument and in the hands of this incredible couple the sound was ecstatic. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn captured and conveyed music's amazing ability to span not only contrasting emotions but multi-cultural experiences. From the strains of Mountain America to the exquisite sounds of the Mandarin language to the percussion of Abigail's dancing feet this duo blended their special talents to speak in that magical universal language that only Music can voice. At the beginning of the concert Abigail asked: "Are you ready, Fleck?" and the communication of music, heart, and cultures began. The precision, the talent, the blending of performance styles converged into one "Big Country" for our small thirteen mile Amelia Island. The contagious smiles and grins spread quickly through the audience...and those fortunate enough to catch the loving gazes from the performers to their young son, Juno, sitting on the front row smiled with their hearts. It was a blending of talent, styles, cultures, and passion that rendered more than grins...they brought pure musical joy to us all.
Emma Mills Bledsoe
President AICMF Board
IMAGES FROM THE CONCERT
Support from the following organizations and individuals made this concert possible. The Board of Directors and all of us at the Festival are most appreciative for their commitment to bringing excellent music to our community.
A very special thanks to Lea Gallardo, photographer, for allowing the use of her images of the concert and sponsors. You may download/view more images here.
BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN
During our 16th season, we are pleased to welcome a banjo superstar in bluegrass, folk, jazz, pop, rock and world music, Béla Fleck.
Béla Fleck added classical to his repertoire in 2001 with his critically acclaimed Perpetual Motion recording that won a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album.
He will be joined by his wife, clawhammer banjoist and singer Abigail Washburn. The duo's debut album, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk album.
Fleck is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards and nominations going back to 1998, his total Grammy count is 16, with 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history.
DRAWING FOR THE WINNER
Banjo lovers, this one’s for you...
“Banjo lovers, this one’s for you. One lucky ticket puchaser will win this signed vinyl record from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, performing on Amelia Island this Sunday, March 5. The show will sell out, so book soon for your chance to take home the LP. The winner will be announced at the concert. #BanjoLove”. Banjo Love is the duo’s new social media project: http://www.banjolove.com//