In November & December 2011 I headed to China to tour the historic Silk Road that Marco Polo made famous centuries ago; the major trade route of the ancient world. Accompanied by the finest US musicians and humans you could meet, "The Village" toured from Hohhot to Urumqi, stopping to perform and collaborate all along the way with only the goal of building bridges and dissolving difference by communing in good music. Supported by the US Embassy and the Chinese International Center for Exchange, we performed extensively at schools, universities & theaters, and spontaneously on city walls and in town squares all across China's "Wild West". We also collaborated with amazing local musicians all along the route including Han Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Hui and Uyghur musicians. With 12 videos (2 on National Geographic World Music), photo albums for every stop, and a map of our route along the Silk Road, we invite you to join us on the journey right here!

Abigail Washburn (banjos & vocal) | Kai Welch (keys, trumpet, guitar & vocal)
Jamie Dick (drums), Jared Engel (bass) | Ross Holmes (fiddle)
Brittany Haas (fiddle) | Cain Hogsed (sound man)
Luke Mines (videographer and editor).