Eli West played a memorable gig at the house several years ago with Cahalen Morrison, and this time he's back as half of another mouth-watering duo, partnering this time with Nordic fiddler Olav Mjelva. These guys are both absolutely top-drawer - and together they create a duo which is even greater than the sum of its parts! Seattle-based Eli West is a sublime musician, described recently by both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley as 'an incredible musician's musician'. Praise indeed. He is is one of the most tasteful and innovative of contemporary American roots musicians, combining old time, folk, jazz and improvisational elements. His angular guitar phrasing and subtle vocal style came to prominence in that acclaimed partnership with Cahalen Morrison. Eli's recent release '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. The new album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.. ‘Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff’ – Martin Simpson Olav Luksengård Mjelva comes from Røros in the Sør- Trøndelag region of Norway. He began playing the fiddle aged seven, and some years later started playing the Hardanger fiddle. He is a founding member of the Norwegian – Swedish ensemble SVER, and also of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, a trio specialising in Norwegian, Swedish and Shetland fiddle music. He has received several awards playing alongside Swedish Nyckelharpa player Erik Rydvall. He has also written music for several documentaries, short movies and theatre projects. In 2010 Olav received the prestigious Spelemannprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy award, for his debut solo album, and in 2011 he received the prize as part of the Unni Boksasp Ensemble. In 2013 he was also awarded the title of Norway’s folk musician of the year. Olav is highly sought after as a studio musician and has played on over 40 releases. These are two very special musicians, and we can't wait to hear them up close. Give us a call or drop an email to get your name on the list now!
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