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Rhiannon Giddens

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Going Home With Rhiannon Giddens

World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

In this episode of World Cafe, Rhiannon Giddens discusses the locations that influenced her latest album — They're Calling Me Home — from her hometown of Greensboro, N.C., to her adopted home of Ireland.


23 Jul 2021

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Rhiannon Giddens Comes Home

Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond

Rhiannon Giddens is a brilliant fiddle and banjo player who’s one of the few musicians alive today trained in the centuries-old black string band tradition. Giddens is a North Carolina native but now lives in Ireland, not far from her partner Francesco Turrisi. During lockdown, the duo recorded their latest album, They’re Calling Me Home. On today’s episode, Bruce Headlam talks to Giddens about her decision to write from a cultural point of view rather than her own. Giddens also talks about how she has been able to maintain a living connection to the near-extinct black square dance players. And we’ll hear her play a banjo style that originated in West Africa.Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews:  https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecordYou can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.comCheck out a playlist of our favorite Rhiannon Giddens songs HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


25 May 2021

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1119: April New Music - Fantastic Negrito, Royal Blood, Rhiannon Giddens, No-No Boy, Amigo the Devil

Rockin' the Suburbs

We wrap up the April new music series with two more listener calls. Scott Isom goes with tunes by No-No Boy, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi and Fantastic Negrito. And Adam Coop likes Red Fang, a White Stripes remix, Jeff Rosenstock and Royal Blood. Episode editor: Patrick Foster Become a Rockin' the Suburbs patron - support the show and get bonus content - at Patreon.com/suburbspod Subscribe to Rockin' the Suburbs on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or other podcast platforms, including audioBoom, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon, iHeart, Stitcher and TuneIn. Or listen at SuburbsPod.com. Please rate/review the show on Apple Podcasts and share it with your friends. Visit our website at SuburbsPod.com Email Jim & Patrick at rock@suburbspod.com Follow us on the Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @suburbspod If you're glad or sad or high, call the Suburban Party Line — 612-440-1984. Theme music: "Ascension," originally by Quartjar, covered by Frank Muffin. Visit quartjar.bandcamp.com and frankmuffin.bandcamp.com (c) Artie S. Industries LLC


21 May 2021

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They’re Calling Me Home (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)

Object Of Sound

What makes a home? Is it where you create? Where you feel seen? And for a musician like Rhiannon Giddens, how does the idea of home shape the sound of her music? This week, Hanif sits down with North-Carolinian multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens from her new homebase in Dublin. They talk about how Ireland has seeped into her music, muse on the banjo as a weapon and a tool of archiving Black histories, and how Rhiannon is able to masterfully draw influences -- wherever she finds herself. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, go to www.mixcloud.com/sonos./Show Notes/ Rhiannon Giddens’ recent release is They’re Calling Me Home. Hanif references his book, Little Devil In America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance  and brings up the performer, Bert Williams. Rhiannon talks about learning to play the akonting in Gambia and her first solo album Tomorrow is My Turn. This interview was originally recorded at On Air Fest. /Music In This Week's Playlist/ Waterbound, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco TurrisiCarry Me Ohio, Sun Kil MoonDishes, PulpBaby Can I Hold You, Tracy ChapmanA Piece of Ground, Miriam MakebaMidwest, Midsummer, Used KidsMy City Was Gone, PretendersDomestica, Björk/ Credits / Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.


16 Apr 2021

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Rhiannon Giddens contemplates home and a jazz suite inspired by a family's escape

The Music Show

Multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has sought comfort from traditional songs during the pandemic, and they form her new album with Francesco Turrisi. And how Matt Keegan's great grandfather's journey of survival inspired a programmatic jazz suite.


10 Apr 2021

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New Mix: Rhiannon Giddens, A Jay Som-Palehound Collaboration, First Aid Kit, More

All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a Leonard Cohen cover from First Aid Kit, reflections on the comforts of home from Rhiannon Giddens and more. 1. Bachelor, (Jay Som & Palehound): "Stay in the Car," from Doomin' Sun2. Wallice: "Hey Michael," from Off The Rails EP3. Major Murphy: "Real," from Access4. Iceage: "Shelter Song," from Seek Shelter5. Rhiannon Giddens (feat. Francesco Turrisi): "Avalon," from They're Calling Me Home6. First Aid Kit: "Famous Blue Raincoat/Anthem," from Who By Fire7. Skullcrusher: "Song for Nick Drake," from Storm In Summer EP


6 Apr 2021

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SouthBound Replay: Rhiannon Giddens Connects The Musical Dots In The South, And All Over The World


This SouthBound is a replay of a conversation Tommy Tomlinson had with musician Rhiannon Giddens back in October of 2019, on the morning of a concert she’d perform that night in Charlotte. Remember live music?


31 Mar 2021

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Interview: Rhiannon Giddens

Seizing Freedom

The Grammy-winning musician discusses her connection to the banjo, its historical ties to Africa, and how she draws inspiration from the historical archives to create her songs.Support the show: https://www.pledgecart.org/pledgeCart3/?campaign=9D88F97A-621A-46C0-98FA-3BC3199AE799&source=#/homeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


15 Mar 2021

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Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens on race, music and the banjo

The Current

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Silkroad artistic director Rhiannon Giddens joins us to talk race, music and why the banjo embodies America.


23 Oct 2020

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Rhiannon Giddens Sings Slave Narratives

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14 Jul 2020