Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

When people talk about the music of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, terms such as gorgeous, amazing, gentle, lush, sophisticated, soulful, organic and earthy get bandied around.

Cahalen is a multi-instrumentalist who is equally at home playing fingerstyle guitar, lap slide, mandolin and clawhammer banjo.

Cahalen is not like many other 20-something musicians out there; he is an honorary member of a pretty exclusive club – those who are genuinely old-time. His multi-instrumental and song-writing talents were developed over many years, far outside of the mainstream. He shows clear influences of kindred old spirits like Norman Blake, Greg Brown, and Doc Watson that were obviously instilled at a young age, but yet still breaks these moulds in unexpected ways. He has spent time travelling and playing with a determined Western independence and a ‘comes-easy’ openness of mind and heart towards those he encounters along the way.

With Eli, a Suzuki Violin kid who took a left turn early on, they have found a common ground in which wonderful things now grow. Sharing the same authenticity and outlook, Eli had also been a busy multi-instrumentalist, sitting in at times with the likes of Michelle Shocked and members of the Wailin Jennys and Crooked Still and building a fine reputation in the process.

Their debut album established the duo as a major force. Tim O’Brien, one of the modern day masters, said: “I love their music”; legendary BBC presenter Bob Harris said it was “quite extraordinary”; BBC Radio Wales’ Frank Hennessy called it “brilliant”; Dustin Ogdin (No Depression) praised it as “something special” and Jan Fairley urged readers of The List to“follow the buzz these guys will create”.

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