Alison Brown doesn't play the banjo. Alison Brown plays music on the banjo. Acclaimed as one of today’s finest progressive banjo players, you rarely find Alison in a conventional bluegrass setting. Instead, she’s known for leading an ensemble that successfully marries a broad array of roots-influenced music including Folk, Jazz, Celtic and Latin. Although banjos typically play “tunes” or “breakdowns,” in Alison Brown’s hands, the banjo truly sings. Brown never wastes a note. Rather than launching into banjo tsunamis, just because she can, Alison stops her precision three-finger roll to leave space for a lyric or other instrumental voice when appropriate. Don’t mistake it, there is plenty of jaw-dropping virtuosity in her playing, but it's always in service to the melody at hand. Brown always plays the words as well as the melody. Also a guitarist, composer, and producer who has won and has been nominated for several Grammy awards, we are excited to welcome Alison and her band back to Celtic Colours.