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Tony Ellis (Uncredited)

Tony Ellis

A veteran of Bill Monroe’s early-‘60s Blue Grass Boys, North Carolina native Tony Ellis is able to drive the five-string with the best of them, as he did on the acclaimed 1993 Masters of the Banjo tour and album produced by the National Council for Traditional Arts. Tony also has deep roots in old-time music, having had a long musical association with legendary fiddler Tommy Jarrell and others. His “Appalachian eloquence” – a deeply personal approach to the banjo and fiddle in the form of highly original compositions – has defined his sound over the past three decades. It has earned him numerous honors, including the inaugural Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award for Performing Arts in 2003. Playing with a clear, ringing three-finger roll, he utilizes a variety of old-timey modal tunings combined with elements of bluegrass, parlor music, steamboat calliopes, Irish music, ragtime and more.

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Tony Ellis 6/22/11: Tony Ellis

“Appalachian eloquence” on banjo and fiddle defines his sound, which combines elements of bluegrass, 18th century parlor music, minstrel banjo, steamboat calliopes, Irish music, ragtime, and more. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America series.

Tony Ellis

“Appalachian eloquence” on banjo and fiddle defines his sound, which combines elements of bluegrass, 18th century parlor music, minstrel banjo, steamboat calliopes, Irish music, ragtime, and more. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America series.
Tony Ellis 8/22/04: Tony Ellis

Tony Ellis, a five-time recipient of composition awards from the American Society of Composers and Publishers, fuses Bluegrass and old-time string band traditions into his fiddle and two-finger style of playing banjo.

Tony Ellis

Tony Ellis, a five-time recipient of composition awards from the American Society of Composers and Publishers, fuses Bluegrass and old-time string band traditions into his fiddle and two-finger style of playing banjo.

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