Eli Conley/ The Campbell Family Band

Eli Conley/ The Campbell Family Band

Apr 16, 2014 |  1 comment
Date: Apr 16, 2014 Time: 7:00 pm Price: $8 in advance, $10 day of show Type: Americana/Folk/ Bluegrass
Eli Conley is a Bay Area-based singer-songwriter with a voice that shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. Steeped in Americana music and the singer-songwriter tradition, he crafts modern day folk songs for misfits from the raw material of his life as a gay man with Ashland, Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” raves Laura Love, “It knocked me off my easy chair.  Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli is returning to Ashland on his CD Release Tour.
 
Though Eli began writing songs in his Hanover bedroom at the age of 16, it was only in 2010 that he made the shift to full time musician, first gaining attention with his trio Eli Conley & Hip for Squares. Since that time, Eli has opened for the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, and for Grammy-winning singer Kimya Dawson at the Mount Tabor Theater in Portland for Project Believe in Me, a youth anti-bullying organization. In September 2013 Eli released At The Seams, his first studio album. Eli recorded the album at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle with producer Michael Connolly of Coyote Grace, whose list of credits also includes playing with the Indigo Girls, and producing albums for Tylan (of Girlyman). Tom Semioli of Minor 7th writes, “Akin [to] the classic era of the singer songwriter genre – think Jackson Browne, early Elton John, Stephen Stills, and the more recent work of Melissa Etheridge – Conley’s cinematic lyrics and strong sense of melody along with Connolly’s spare, supportive arrangements serve artist and the listener well. Unforgettable songs of love, yearning, and spirituality abound.” 
visit his website: http://www.eliconley.com/
wpfdfcc625_06Mark Campbell is a traditional musician who is dedicated to preserving and passing down old Appalachian region fiddle and banjo styles.   A Waynesboro native, Mark has traveled around the region, collecting and playing the old style of music.  He learned bowing and picking styles from some of the giants of the last generation of great musicians of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In 2008, Mark was named the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Master fiddler.  He was also the 2001 Champion Fiddler at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, has twice won the State Fair of Virginia fiddle contest, and has won the West Virginia State Folk Festival banjo and fiddle competitions.  Mark travels throughout the region, performs concerts/lectures, teaches classes, plays for dances and produces solo and band recordings. The Campbell Family Band is composed of Mark Campbell and his wife Martha Gravett who plays church bass and clogs, daughter Molly who plays mandolin and banjo and daughter Mauren who plays guitar and sings.  Together they demonstrate roots of the traditional Old-Time Music that gave life to music in the Shenandoah Valley and the highlands of the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains. visit their website: http://www.markccampbelloldtimefiddle.com

One Comment

  1. Doc O Steviee says:

    This Conley fellow is a remarkable song writer. Be sure to encourage your songwriter contest folks to attend and reuest him to sing Dry as Sin – about Wise County, VA

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