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Banjo Friday 15

Here's another post featuring clawhammer banjoist, Abigail Washburn. As a student she travelled to China to study law to improve U.S./China relations, but discovered that it was the banjo that really bridged cultures. Here's an entertaining TED talk about her experience:

There's lots of cross-cultural musical material to explore at her website:

( ) Here's a sample, combining folk songs from China and America, with her friend, Wu Fei, playing the Guzheng:

There's an interesting interview with them on National Public Radio here:


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