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B.E. Farrow focuses on reshaping and reflecting America's musical history through storytelling, using popular and historic musical structures and inclusive dialog. 


From touring with Grammy award winner Dom Flemons to giving talks at the Library Company of Philadelphia to running a refugee music program in Greece, Farrow forms a discipline in understanding the unspoken roots of music and its impact on cultural history.

He uses the life and music of Francis Johnson, a prominent early 19th century African American musician who pulled together many global influences to codify a uniquely American sound. Johnson was also witness to the origins of black face minstrelsy. 


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Farrow uses Johnson's legacy, music, and relationships to talk about an alternative history of America. Francis Johnson was a man that saw this country's problems early on and worked hard to steer it in a different direction.


You can hear B.E. on Dom Flemon’s Grammy nominated album “Black Cowboys” (on the Smithsonian Folkways label); as a member of The Clara Barton Sessions (a recording of DC folk/traditional musicians who released an album commemorating the revitalization of the Clara Barton Museum); on Farrow's own WAMMY award winning EP “Unsent Letters”; or with his band, Gangstagrass.


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B.E. with Dom Flemons
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B.E. with Gangstagrass

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The Parks presents: 

 B.E. Farrow & Friends

America's Got Talent

B.E. Farrow with Old Crow Medicine Show

"What I Am"

B.E. Farrow guest starring Will Scott 

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