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Rhiannon Giddens, a celebrated American artist of folk and traditional music and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, has performed for the Obama’s at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville.
Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi defies easy categorization. Called “a musical alchemist” by the Irish Times, Turrisi is a Turin-born musician whose Dublin base reflects his global sensibilities.
A chance musical meet-up in Ireland, they found that Giddens’ 19th century American minstrel banjo tunes and Turrisi’s traditional Sicilian Tamburello (tambourine) rhythms fit very naturally together.