Jack Abeel, a native of Petersburg, has been part of central Virginia’s music scene for nearly a half century. Having worked with many bluegrass legends, such as former Country Gentlemen Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray, Jack forged his own distinctive music with his voice and guitar. His work transcends common labeling, using his intricate acoustical string sound, blending bluegrass, country and folk traditions in a fresh and mesmerizing way. Jack has performed with a number of artists and groups over the years, including his family band, “The Abeels,” with whom he produced several CDs.
Margaret Graham, a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, is a classically trained violinist and former concertmistress of the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra. She began playing traditional music at festivals with Jack four years ago, developing her fiddle skills by playing with a vast array of talents introduced to her by Jack. In 2014, the Virginia Folk Music Association named her the State Bluegrass Fiddle Champion. As a duo and often joined with other talented artists, they continue to perform at festivals, gatherings and concert venues. A recent performance took them to the Station Inn, the famed bluegrass concert hall in Nashville.