Eli West

Sooke is pleased to welcome Seattle-based Eli West, who joins John Reischman’s The Pine Siskins for this year’s festival.  Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stone and more, the singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent.

Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.

The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.

‘Making music the world needs’Tim O’Brien

Eli West