Betse Ellis
Gig Seeker Pro

Betse Ellis


Band Country Folk


This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs



"Don't You Want To Go review (3)"

“The album has an authentic feel of rural America and a joyful interplay with the other musicians.” - The Scotsman

"Don't You Want To Go review (2)"

“Ellis covers a lot of stylistic ground… and does it with a lot of attitude and aplomb – a very accomplished effort.” - Sing Out!

"Don't You Want To Go review"

“Let’s get one thing straight: Betse Ellis is one badass fiddle player. She has an uncanny ability to make that instrument weep and wail while making it play hot potato with the bow…Ellis has put together a debut solo album filled with plenty of traditional numbers, a couple blues songs courtesy Memphis Minnie and a classical piece that, while slightly out of place, reminds us that Ellis is no one-trick pony.” - Ink Magazine


Don't You Want To Go (Free Dirt Records, 2009)



Renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, founding member of Kansas City band The Wilders, is striking out on her own while the band takes a well-deserved break. She’s been singing with the fiddle during Wilders shows, taking center stage for solo performances mid-set –Betse now establishes herself as a solo artist. She gathers diverse music and presents it with humor, intensity, and love. She has also convinced many an audience to join her in songs they may have never heard. Above all, Betse connects with the audience while performing “old time/new time” material, drawing from traditional American (mostly Ozark) fiddle tunes, old songs and spirituals, her own tunes and songs, and finally, a dose of what she calls her “personal old-time music”. This is the music Betse grew up hearing, and it may draw from avant-garde artists like Talking Heads, punk pioneers The Clash, or even earlier art music composers like Gabriel-Marie.

Two fiddles – one in standard tuning, the other in cross-tuning – and a voice is usually all Betse needs to entertain an audience. Every once in a while, she picks up a tenor guitar, and sometimes, she puts all instruments down to sing a capella. Even all alone on a stage, Betse brings the sound of previous fiddlers, singers, and composers together with her unique, engaging style.