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Concerts

Banjo master Abigail Washburn, part of an Appalachian-Chinese mash-up called The Wu Force, performs at New York City's Webster Hall as a part of globalFEST on Jan. 12, 2014.

January 16, 2014 Hear a brand-new band merge Appalachian folk and a punk sensibility with traditional Chinese music.

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Abigail Washburn; Credit: Brian Blauser

July 26, 2011 Listen to the banjo-strumming singer play songs from her latest album, City of Refuge.

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Studio Sessions

Abigail Washburn recently performed on World Cafe.

April 5, 2011 Hear Washburn perform songs from her sophomore solo album, City of Refuge.

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August 25, 2008 The band harnesses a passion for old-time American folk music and ancient Chinese culture.

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December 13, 2005 Singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn's debut album, shows off her considerable banjo talents.

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Interviews & Profiles

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February 6, 2011 Washburn's growing fascination with learning the instrument led her to an unlikely recording career.

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May 8, 2009 A new project mixes the young voices of earthquake victims with the actual sounds of rebuilding.

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September 12, 2005 Banjo player Abigail Washburn says singing in Chinese helps her connect with her American roots.

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Discover Songs

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September 14, 2010 Young's latest has only his voice and guitar, while the Zeppelin tribute reworks more than 50 cuts.

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Reviews

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September 14, 2010 Young's latest has only his voice and guitar, while the Zeppelin tribute reworks more than 50 cuts.

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May 20, 2008 Music critic Andy Langer previews albums by Scarlett Johansson, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and more.

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More Stories

Devo meets Davy Crockett: a member of the furry-hatted Ukrainian "folk-punk" band DakhaBrakha onstage Sunday during globalFEST at New York's Webster Hall.

January 16, 2014 A smartphone can bring you music from anywhere, but it's great to sample international acts live.

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"Is it an original idea? Or is it something where you're literally a creative collagist? You're taking pieces of the world that you see around you and that are inside of you and put them together in a way that you see fit." — Abigail Washburn

June 1, 2012 Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer in Beijing — until she picked up a banjo.

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

May 27, 2013 Appearing as a duo for the first time, Fleck and Washburn employ revolutionary banjo techniques.

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April 17, 2011 The Americana artist takes her banjo to a centuries-old Manhattan hotel for her new video.

Abigail Washburn performing a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Sept. 22, 2010.

January 3, 2011 Watch the singer-songwriter mix American bluegrass and Chinese folk from the NPR Music offices.

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December 26, 2010 The singer-songwriter takes her worldly folk sound in a new direction on her latest solo album..

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