Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fiddle and Banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman are coming to Glen Allen!

Alan Jabbour (L) and Ken Perlman (R)
I've just learned that old-time fiddler Alan Jabbour and clawhammer banjoist Ken Perlman are going to be performing at Shady Grove Coffeehouse at 8pm on Saturday, February 23rd.  This happens to be the same day as the Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam, featuring local acts the Cary St. Ramblers, Rattlesnake Creek, River City Band, Jackass Flats, Scattered Smothered and Covered, The Green Boys, and more.  That could be a potential conflict for local roots music fans, however, I know I don't want to miss this old-time duo!

Alan Jabbour is a founding member of the influential Hollow Rock String Band.  His mentor was West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed, whose repertoire was not widely played until Jabbour brought Reed's tunes to new audiences.  Ken Perlman is known for his unique melodic clawhammer playing and for his adaptations of Celtic tunes.  He's done extensive research into the traditional fiddle music of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada and is one of the few doing that music on 5-string banjo.

For this performance, Jabbour and Perlman will focus on Appalachian tunes - fiddle and banjo duets like the kind found on their Southern Summits album.  To give you an idea, here's a link to an episode of the radio show/podcast Backroads and Banjos where Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman play and discuss some tunes. Direct link here.

I think there will be time to see a few of the bands at the Bluegrass Marathon, head over to Shady Grove for Jabbour and Perlman and then return to the Bluegrass Marathon just in time for The Green Boys' set!

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