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Singer-songwriter-banjo-player Abigail Washburn has been a regular visitor to Asheville, since her days with the Sparrow Quartet. She played the White Horse last year, while on tour for the gorgeous and super-smart world/pop/folk album City of Refuge. Read more about that performance, and Washburn’s work as a goodwill cultural ambassador, here.

Washburn plays The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 7 (8 p.m., $15) where she’ll debut her new trio, The Wu Force. The group includes Wu Fei — a Bejing-born guzheng (Chinese zither) master, and Kai Welch — the co-writer on City of Refuge.

Here’s some pre-show homework: Washburn performing “My Immortal Home” with Mumford & Sons:

And Washburn’s TED Talk on “Building US-China Relations…by Banjo”:

 

 

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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