Betse Ellis, founding member of internationally touring band, The Wilders, is a solo performer who enjoys a variety of settings. A classically trained violinist, Betse became dedicated to old time fiddle styles, especially Ozark styles, when she realized this music related directly to her regional heritage. She has spent most of the last 20 years learning, performing, and teaching these styles. Betse plays traditional fiddle tunes and tells stories of their sources, and she is adept at the difficult technique of singing with the fiddle. Also a songwriter, Betse performs her own compositions alongside the old material, either on the fiddle or tenor guitar. She is equally at home on a large festival stage or in a small chamber room - one of her talents is making any group of people feel at home.
Set up and strike down time are quick and can be done in as little as 15 minutes. Presenter will likely need to provide an XLR line for a Baggs DI (provided), microphone for the fiddle (preferably a small diaphragm condenser) with boom stand, vocal mic (preferably SM-58) with boom stand, and a DI for the tenor guitar.