Jeff And Benares
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Jeff And Benares

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"The Wareham Courrier"

"Duo Jeffrey Angeley and Benares Finan-Eshelman are a perfect example of great local folk music...the audience loved the performance. The songs-by turns funny, sad and silly-were a great tonic on a wet and dreary late-summer evening."

"Finan-Eshelman's vocals were the most memorable part of the evening. She managed to slide from the romantic whimsy of 'June Apple' to the beautiful melody of 'Pretty Saro'...she changed gears effortlessly throughout the evening."

" a fine fiddler, and an even better guitarist...his songwriting talent may trump his instrumental skills."
- Jeremy Gantz

"The New Bedford Standard Times"

"If you're in a mood, Jeff Angeley and Benares Finan-Eshelman probably have the music for it...Their songwriting blows me away. They equally outshine each other. Their ecclecticism is highlighted by their use of different instrumentation, Jeff's songwriting reflects his interest in classical literature while Benares' is more down home, straight from the heart." - Sean McCarthy

"The Dartmouth Chronicle"

"'Broken Things' exhibits the exquisite vocal harmonies of their original songs and their carefully-written lyrics. Their songs reveal funny stories, sad tales, and everything in between."

"Jeff is a talented guitarist who has gained a lot of notoriety for his impressive solos."

"On ('Little Tin of Lard' by the Rusty Stringbandits) you can hear these multi-instrumentalists at their best." - Marlaina Gaspardi

"Rapid River Monthly, Asheville NC"

Having now given their low key and thoroughly enjoyable CD, a number of listens, I can safely assert that the already well-to-do music scene in our town has been made slightly more rich. There is a refreshing warmth and resonance to their songs buttressed by Jeff's assured singing and instrumental work and Benares' voice-the sort of precise yet delicate twang that is sure to please fans of Gillian Welch, Maybelle Carter, and Little Sadie. Fourteen songs, original material written by the pair with a few traditional numbers lovingly included that in many ways (is) music exactly reflective (of) the creators; inviting, unassuming, and imminently likeable. - James Cassara

"High Country Press, Boone NC"

Much like roots music contemporaries like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, (Jeff and Benares) know how to find the beauty in sad songs. However, Angeley and Finan-Eshelman sing and play their songs with a rough-around-the-edges charm and a burning, raw passion for song.

In an age when so many young old-time and bluegrass acts are playing music in search of that old lonesome sound, (Jeff and Benares) have found it.

Schooled by shought after old-time banjo player Riley Baugus, Finan-Eshelman also knows her way around the guitar and the accordion. - David Brewer


Broken Things (2006) Full Length CD
Little Tin of Lard (2006) Full Length CD
The Barley Stompers (2004) Full Length CD*
* as members of The Barley Stompers



Jeff and Benares Angeley write and perform acoustic music that is at once steeped in tradition and exciting and new. Their songs sing the human experience with a distinctly American accent. They can be humorous at times and melancholy at others. They are jubilant in places, touching in others, often profound and sometimes silly. Whether playing their own finely crafted original songs or traditional Appalachian music , they are lively, soulful, and captivating. Their harmonies are hauntingly beautiful and their instrumental performance is well rehearsed and impressive.

Currently touring to support their third full length album, the duo is intent on bringing their brand of Americana music to audiences up and down the East Coast, as well as Western North Carolina, where they make their home. Jeff and Benares never fail to impress listeners with their tight vocal harmonies, captivating original music, and their grasp of a multitude of instruments. Jeff and Benares write the songs you want to hear, and their performance takes listeners down the long, dusty road that makes us all human.