Wednesday November 08, 2017

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn share their 'concern for humanity' on new album

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Andrew Alba/CBC)

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn aren't just masters of their instruments, they've changed the way people look at banjos. Mighty musicians in their own right, in 2014 they joined forces on their first record and it took home the folk album of the year at the Grammys. Now, they're back with a new album called Echo in the Valley, combining tradition with innovation and adding a dose of politics to a genre that is traditionally apolitical.

Today, Fleck and Washburn join Tom Power to perform some new songs and discuss their collaborative relationship. 

— Produced by Mitch Pollock