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Abigail Dowd’s Debut Album Draws From Irish Inspiration


After working in city politics, and running an art school, Abigail Dowd needed a change. She packed up her great-grandfather’s guitar and took off to Florence, Italy, to Ireland, and later to Maine, to spend some time reconnecting with herself and her music. The trip turned into an eight-year journey.

The classically trained guitarist and singer has now come home to North Carolina to release her debut album “Don’t Wake Me.” Dowd speaks with host Frank Stasio about new music and about her continued work as a community organizer.

Dowd plays with musician Jason Duff April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, and April 14 at 5 p.m. at the Abbey Road Tavern in Cary. Dowd will perform with Duff in Greensboro and Southern Pines later in the month, in addition to other North Carolina cities. 

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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