Betse Ellis – High Moon Order

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Released in the US on Free Dirt Records last month after running a successful fan funded Pledge campaign High Moon Order is the second album from Osark fiddler and song-writer Betse Ellis, the thirteen track release features a mix of fiddle tunes both original compositions and arrangements of traditional tracks, though there’s much more to the recording than just fiddle with full band plugged-in tracks and a Clash cover too, Ellis also plays a host of other instruments on the recording including tenor guitar, viola, cello and piano, with her eclectic influences from Memphis Minnie to Pete Townshend; Chrissie Hynde to Beck; John Cale to Haxel Dickens, and her love of regional Ozark folk styles she’s created an album that manages to link the traditional and contemporary into something both original and engaging.

The Kansas City based Ellis is also a member of alt-country band The Wilders with whom she’s recorded and toured across the US and internationally, she’s now built a successful solo career too and alongside recording and touring she also taught at music camps, official showcases at the Folk Alliance International Conference and for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual festival.

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