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Renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, founding member of “hillbilly riot” band, The Wilders, strikes out on her own. Adept at the difficult technique of singing while playing the fiddle, her on-stage sparkle and enthusiasm rouses the crowd. She gathers diverse music and presents it with humor, intensity, and love. Betse connects with her audience performing “old time/new time” material, drawn from traditional American (especially Ozark) fiddle tunes, old songs and spirituals, original tunes and songs, and a dose of her “personal old-time music”, influenced by avant-garde artists like Talking Heads, punk pioneers The Clash, and 19th century art music composer Gabriel-Marie. Two fiddles – one in standard-, one in cross-tuning – and her voice is all Betse needs to entertain, but she also treats with a tenor guitar or with solo singing. Betse embraces the sounds of previous fiddlers, singers, and composers with her unique, engaging style.
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