Rhiannon Giddens voice/fiddle/banjo
Francesco Turrisi percussion/accordion/una corda
Grammy Award-winning songstress and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, and Italian jazz maestro Francesco Turrisi take you on a musical voyage of discovery from Africa and the Middle East across to Europe and the Americas. The duo discovered a shared creative ground after their paths crossed a few years back, spanning gospel, jazz, blues, country and folk.
Giddens’ debut album was described by the Guardian as a “solo debut of phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song, and lachrymose country ballad”. Her star continues to rise with US TV performances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show, and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.
The powerhouse singer’s versatility is matched by accordion and piano player Francesco Turrisi. Dubbed the “musical alchemist”, his lyrical, culture-bridging collaborations include early music, Balkan jazz and contemporary ensembles as well as performing with such luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, The King’s Singers and flamenco master Pepe el Habichuela.
We are delighted to welcome this mesmerizing duo to Belfast on this, their first nationwide tour of Ireland. Come along!
“Her voice is a perpetually soulful marvel” – New York Times
“Delicate, wistful, engrossing” – The Irish Times
“Her songs are wise and deeply-felt, her singing powerful and refined” – Rolling Stone