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The family that picks together sticks together

Saturday, 22 November, 2014

Why does the world’s greatest banjo player have the forenames Béla, Anton and Leoš? The story is that he was raised by his mother in New York City and never met his father. In her wisdom, she named him Béla Anton Leoš Fleck after the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, the Austrian composer Anton Webern and the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. Nomen est omen as the Romans used to say and Béla Fleck got a banjo when he was 15. Four years ago, he married the clawhammer banjo player and singer Abigail Washburn. Together, Fleck & Washburn make wonderful music.


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