Date: Thursday, September 6 2018
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
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.