Singer, violinist, banjo player, actor, GRAMMY-winner, and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens has a voice described by The New York Times as “a perpetually soulful marvel.”
She returned in June of 2022 during the 39th San Francisco Jazz Festival with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi to perform songs old and new, including material from her GRAMMY-winning 2021 Nonesuch album, They’re Calling Me Home.
Rhiannon Giddens: violin, banjo, vocals
Francesco Turrisi: piano, accordion, percussion, cello banjo
Jason Sypher: bass
"O, Death" Traditional
"Niwel Goes to Town" composed by Rhiannon Giddens
"Blackest Crow" composed by Traditional
"Bye Bye Baby Blues" composed by Little Hat Jones
Shetland Folk Song Medley Traditional Folk Tune
"At the Purchaser’s Option" composed by Rhiannon Giddens
"Black Lucy and the Bard - Medley" composed by Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi
"Dos Gardenias" composed by Isolina Carrillo
"I Shall Not Be Moved" composed by Traditional
"Build a House" composed by Rhiannon Giddens
"American Tune" composed by Paul Simon
"Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out" composed by Jimmy Cox
ABOUT RHIANNON GIDDENS
“A glorious voice, which merges an opera singer’s detail and a deep connection to Southern roots.” — The New York Times
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.
With They’re Calling Me Home, the duo integrates 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 2020.