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Abigail Washburn's Historic Silk Road Tour Begins Nov 12

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Abigail WashburnAbigail and her band are about to hit the Silk Road, collaborating with local musicians in Mongolia and deep Western China. Ross Holmes from Mumford & Sons has signed on to play fiddle. Abigail Washburn & the Village confirm their historic journey on the Silk Road November 12th – December 3rd to collaborate with Mongolian & Chinese musicians. The group will be uploading video journals throughout their tour.

Known by the US State Department as a good-will cultural ambassador to China and newly-announced 2012 TED Fellow, songwriter / clawhammer banjoist Abigail Washburn and her band the Village will embark on an adventure along the Silk Road of Mongolia and Western China, in an effort to build cultural bridges by collaborating with local musicians in Hohot, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, and Urumqi. Sponsored by the US State Department with support from the Patagonia Corporation, the band will perform at universities, orphanages and community centers, with several hours to work up collaborative music in each city.

"This tour will be the story of the yearning of the human spirit to connect across cultures," says Washburn, a former Chengdu resident who speaks Mandarin. Having toured China 12 times in the past 7 years, Abigail is one of the few artists capable of performing in the region as an independent entity. "...oh yeah. And it's gonna be one hell of a party."

The entire tour will be documented with a film crew, with video journals uploaded throughout the Fall ( in China and Youtube for the rest of the world).

Abigail Washburn's band will include songwriting partner Kai Welch, fiddler Ross Holmes from Mumford & Sons, drummer Jamie Dick and bassist Jared Engel. Her third album City of Refuge (Rounder) has been called "a modern classic" (Boston Globe) and "the best kind of crossover – one that anyone can find comfort in" (LA Times).

"[City of Refuge] echoes with thoughtfulness, charm and joy...All the arrangements show just how versatile contemporary American folk music can be when it's played earnestly yet with a sense of adventure." – Wall Street Journal

"Ms. Washburn's enigmatic songs mingle Appalachia and folk-pop, with tinges of Asia and Bruce Springsteen." – The New York Times

Abigail Washburn – US Tour Dates:
Nov 5 – Woodstock, NY / Bearsville Theater
Nov 6 – Boston, MA / Paramount Center Black Box
Nov 7 – Brooklyn, NY / The Bell House
Nov 8 – Portland, ME / One Longfellow Square
Nov 9 – Fall River, MA / Narrows Center for the Arts

Abigail Washburn & the Village - The Silk Road Tour
Nov 12 - 14 Hohhot
Nov 16 - Yinchuan
Nov 18 & 19 - Xi'an
Nov 21 - Lanzhou
Nov 23 - Xining
Nov 25 - Urumqi
Nov 27 & 28 – Xinjiang Province
Nov 30 – Dec 2 - Guangzhou

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