Mother Banjo

Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. She has showcased at South By Southwest (SXSW) and the Folk Alliance International Conference and has been touring behind her latest album The Devil Hasn't Won, sharing bills with such notables as Lucy Wainwright Roche, Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Jim Lauderdale, and The Gear Daddies' Martin Zellar. Now she is getting ready to release her first original album in over five years.

The highly-anticipated Eyes on the Sky (2019) is Mother Banjo's most fully realized album to date, artfully mixing her signature blend of folk, bluegrass, and soulful Americana that has become a hallmark of her live shows. Produced by Jeff Oehler of New York-based Beehive Productions, it was tracked live on the stage of the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN with long-time collaborators Dan Gaarder (guitars, vocals), Jim Parker (mandolin), Eric Paulson (bass), and Ben Cook-Feltz (keyboards, vocals) and special guests Sarah Morris (vocals), Jake Armerding (fiddle), and Joe Olsen (drums). The record was written over 6 years of great personal change, including marriage, loss, and serious soul-searching in a contentious political climate.

“Although this is my most personal album to date, this collection of songs is ultimately about looking beyond oneself and keeping your eyes on the big picture so we can be more present for each other,” Mother Banjo says. “Making this record helped me get back to what matters— reconnecting with friends and making music in community with others.”

Past Shows


Apr
27
th
2022
Turf Club
Apr
27
th
2022
Turf Club

Tribute to
Emmylou Harris & Loretta Lynn

featuring Cathy 'N Abel, Doug Collins, Jennifer Eckes, Vicky Emerson, Annie Fitzgerald, Zachary Scot Johnson, Lakewood Cemetery, John Louis, Sarah Morris, Mother Banjo, Jillian Rae, Lara Shortridge, Savannah Smith, Katy Tessman, Katy Vernon, and Nicole Wilder
Nov
7
th
2021
Turf Club
Nov
7
th
2021
Turf Club

A Tribute to the 50th Anniversaries of
Joni Mitchell's 'Blue' and Carole King's 'Tapestry'

Performed in full by MARY BUE, SARAH MORRIS, KATY VERNON, MOTHER BANJO, LESLIE VINCENT, MARE LENNON, HER CROOKED HEART, JENNIFER ECKES, CATHERINE PINEIRO, KATRINA SCHLEISMAN, COLLEEN SOMERVILLE, & NICOLE WILDER
Feb
9
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
9
th
2020
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO JAMES TAYLOR and SIMON & GARFUNKEL

with Doug Collins, Ben Cook-Feltz, M. FRENCH and more!
Jan
24
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2019
Turf Club

Kari Arnett

with Ben Miller, Savannah Smith, The Home Fires and more!
Jul
20
th
2018
Turf Club
Jul
20
th
2018
Turf Club

Martin Zellar

with Mother Banjo
Jun
25
th
2017
Turf Club
Jan
8
th
2017
Turf Club
Jan
8
th
2017
Turf Club

Charlie Parr

JANUARY 2017 SUNDAY RESIDENCY
with Mother Banjo
Mar
6
th
2016
Turf Club
Mar
6
th
2016
Turf Club

John Hermanson, THE HOUSE OF MERCY BAND and The Blood Washed Band

with Matt Arthur, Corpse Reviver, Daddy Squeeze and more!

More Shows

Sep
10
th
7th St Entry

Longshot

with One Be Lo, Voice of Culture, Oso and more!
Sep
26
th
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Pale Waves

with Gatlin
Oct
31
st
Turf Club

An Evening with
Local H

Sep
3
rd
Turf Club

Caroline Jones (of Zac Brown Band)