Singer, violinist, banjo player, actress, GRAMMY-winner, and founding member of the renowned Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens returns with two evenings of music including material from her GRAMMY-nominated 2021 Nonesuch album, They’re Calling Me Home.
The Greensboro, North Carolina native has assimilated a rich diversity of music traditions, from the country songs of her youth and the world of opera to Celtic music and the gamut of African American song styles with roots in the Piedmont and the whole of the rural South.
Since 2017, the year she received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” fellowship, Giddens has been a creative dynamo, releasing her deeply rewarding sophomore album Freedom Highway, the collaborative project Songs of Our Native Daughters, and 2019’s duo effort with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, There Is No Other. The pair’s Joe Henry-produced debut session traced the movement of sound from Africa and the Middle East to influence the musical traditions of Europe and the Americas.
Now with They’re Calling Me Home, they integrate music from Giddens’ roots in the American south with Turrisi’s Italian upbringing and the Celtic influences of their adopted home in Ireland, where the expats have resided since the coronavirus lockdown.