Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan To Tour Together This Summer!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  NOAL PIKELNY  & STUART DUNCANComing up in May - July 2014, two modern masters of the banjo and fiddle Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan will headline select venues and music festivals as a duo, bringing these two classic instruments center stage for fans of American roots music.

Through the years, the pairing of fiddle and banjo has most commonly been featured interstitially within the context of a larger ensemble show, but these two bluegrass giants break with tradition for a special round of duet shows this spring and summer, and again in October 2014.

It's a rare opportunity for fans of American roots music to experience two modern masters of the banjo and fiddle together on one stage, performing a full set of originals and classics in a duo format.

From May - July 2014, GRAMMY® Award-nominated Noam Pikelny and 4-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Stuart Duncan appear at the following venues and festivals:

Louisville, KY Forest Fest May 17
Chattanooga, TN Barking Legs Theater May 18
Eau Claire, WI Eau Claire Regional Arts Center  May 20
Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club  May 21
Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music May 22
Athens, GA The Melting Pot  June 25
Johnson City, TN Downhome June 26
Owensboro, KY ROMP June 27
Franklin, TN Franklin Theatre  June 28
Lyons, CO RockyGrass July 25

Both Pikelny and Duncan are undeniably among the foremost players on their respective instruments, often blurring the lines of what constitutes roots music in the 21st century.

Winner of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass (2010), Pikelny is a founding member of the Punch Brothers -- a string ensemble hailed by the Boston Globe as "a virtuosic revelation," and which The New Yorker describes as "wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative."

In 2012, his second solo release Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail received a GRAMMY® nomination for "Best Bluegrass Album." His follow-up 2013 album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, marks the first complete banjo adaptation of Kenny Baker's 1976 seminal recording of Bill Monroe instrumentals.

The New York Times describes Noam's reinvention of the classic Bluegrass canon as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion."

Consummate sideman Stuart Duncan has graced thousands of recording sessions over the course of his celebrated career. Duncan is a four-time GRAMMY® Award winner, a six-time Academy of Country Music award winner for "Fiddle Player of the Year," and a winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's "Fiddle Player of the Year" award for seven consecutive years.

"Stuart Duncan is the pinnacle of the American fiddle tradition," says Pikelny. "He has so masterfully assimilated so many of the great fiddle traditions into his own singular style; he's arrived at an utterly breathtaking intersection of finesse and soul. I've been lucky enough to get Stuart to play on my last two solo records and with that I could die a happy man. But we've been looking for an opportunity to make music together live, and finally found the opportunity, and decided it would be special to play as a duo. Fans can expect to get an intimate glimpse into the pairing of these two instruments -- a real exploration of the fiddle and banjo sound."

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