Acoustic Duets with Eli West and Ben Winship

Acoustic Duets with Eli West and Ben Winship

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


After a great performance last year we again welcome Ben Winship and Eli West to the Sun Valley Opera House. These two musicians are spearheading the new acoustic folk music scene in the Northwest, around the country and internationally. Look forward to an evening of fantastic musicianship, harmony singing, original songs and storytelling.


From the Artist’s bio:

Ben hails from the Idaho side of the Teton Mountains, Eli from the mossy side of the Northwest.  Mostly bound to instruments requiring a pick, Ben Winship has been playing mandolin for over 30 years, yet leans on a skilled bouzouki, guitar and other instruments as well. Eli’s native flatpicking guitar isn’t lonely to clawhammer banjo, bouzouki and mandolin.  Topics include brother duets, old-time and bluegrass, balladry and fiddle tunes. 

Eli West
Eli West
One of the most tasteful and innovative of young American musicians, Seattle-based Eli West. Old and new, folk and jazz, vocal and instrumental, odd and accessible, subtle and virtuosic…. it takes great skill and care to make music that sounds this natural!

Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stoneand more, the singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley utterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician!

Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
Ben Winship
Ben Winship
Ben Winship is a self-made musician who has carved out a niche for himself behind the potato curtain* and under the radar of commercial music. His routine is a constantly shifting mix of performing, recording, engineering and teaching. Mandolin is Ben’s primary ax, but he is also a well respected songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Winship’s version of string band music is an exploration of crossroads; where raw meets refined, original meets traditional, weird meets familiar, organized meets free ranging. The Boston Globe called his sound “A further leap from traditional hill country music.” While Tim O’Brien refers to him as “One of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.”

Performance-wise, Ben can most often be found on stage with Brother Mule (the acoustic power trio with Brian Wicklund and Eric Thorin) and the Growling Old Men (duo with John Lowell). Over the past 25 years, gigs have taken him everywhere from Hawaii to Shetland, Anchorage to Equator, with appearances along the way at places like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, A Prairie Home Companion and the Vancouver Folk Festival.

As a family man, with a wife and two teenaged boys, Ben is no longer the road warrior he once was. A greater percentage of his time is now spent in the studio – engineering and producing CDs, recording his own music and teaching.
Venue Information:
Sun Valley Opera House
Sun Valley Village
Sun Valley, ID