Abigail Washburn to perform at McCelvey Center

April 10, 2013
Media contact: Mary Lynn Norton

Abigail Washburn & The Village to perform on McCelvey Center Stage

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

YORK, SC – If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one's model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition.

Washburn is a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player and is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past. She is also every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before. To put it another way, she changes what seems possible.

At the request of the U.S. Government, she and the Sparrow Quartet toured Tibet in 2006─something no other American band had done, and performed in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. Recently, she played the prominent U.S.A. pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai. She’s been popular with the Brits as well, singing with the likes of Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. Washburn is no less sought out stateside; she played the Clearwater Concert─a multi-generational folk extravaganza celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday─sang Stephen Foster songs backed by the Nashville Symphony during the 2009 Americana Music Festival and has become a favorite opening act for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Washburn’s creative talents expand horizons and makes the distances between people, cultures and musical styles seem not so very far after all. COST: $14 CHM members, $17 non-members. For ticket information, call 803.909.7242. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 Box Office opens on day of event at 4:00 pm. McCelvey Center 212 E. Jefferson St., York, SC www.chmuseums.org