They’ve also performed at World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Folk Alliance International’s International Folk Music Awards in Kansas City, Missouri — and recorded Uma’s tune, “How to Help the World,” with Giddens for FAI’s 2018 festival compilation CD. After inviting them to join her at last summer’s ROMP Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, Giddens loaned Uma a gourd banjo. The Tennessee Arts Commission’s folklife director saw a video of her playing it and asked the pair to apply for its traditional arts apprenticeship program. Uma’s eight-month apprenticeship to master artist Giddens wraps in June.
YOUNG BLUEGRASS SENSATIONS GIRI AND UMA PETERS RELEASE ORIGINS, THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, ON MAY 31 In the worlds of bluegrass and traditional folk, where music is still passed directly from one generation to the next, it’s not unusual to witness young talents astounding crowds with feats of instrumental dexterity. […]