Elly Wininger in Her Own Words


Jan 6, 2018
07:00 PM until 09:00 PM


Elly Wininger in Her Own Words


“Before I could read or write I was transported by my parents' 78s: Vera Hall's "Wild Ox Moan;" Willie Johnson's "Dark Is the Night." I had no idea what or who I was listening to, but it stirred something in my soul that has been swirling ever since. Through the classical studies, violin, piano, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, I finally fixated on the guitar and my mother consented to lessons with a struggling musicology student at Columbia University, David Bromberg. Let there be light! I dove in to the blues and ragtime finger picking with all the enthusiasm of a high school student avoiding homework, which is what I was.


So down to The Village I went, all pointy glasses and braces, to play the basket houses and listen in the coffeehouses. There was Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk, and the newcomers like my teacher, and John Hammond Jr., Artie Traum, Geoff Muldaur and so many others picking up from the source. 1974 found me on stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival singing back up with Maria Muldaur and immersing myself in all the styles that made up the 'folk revival,' which of course is a continuum, a river of astonishing richness and deep beauty.


After years of performing the music I loved, my own experiences of raising a family inspired me to write songs. Collaborating with producer Steve Burgh and fellow singer songwriter Susan Cohen brought forth "Housewife from Hell," the CD named for the song that soon became a much requested favorite. Radio production and the influence of world music, especially West African, further fueled my blues laced repertoire and induced more songwriting.


In 2014 I was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame, joining ranks with many of my musical heroes. As I tour and host radio shows from my home base in Woodstock NY, I am always inspired by the beauty of the people and places around me. I have come to understand that the power of music comes from sharing, not just performing. The quality of connection that can be created with music is what keeps me going.” 


—Ely Wininger


About Green Kill


Green Kill is an art and performance space now in its second year, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, on Green Kill Avenue, near the Route 32 intersection.


Green Kill located at 229 Green Kill Avenue in Kingston at four corners where Green Kill Avenue intersects Route 32 as it winds around through the trees down to New Paltz.


Green Kill hosts poetry readings, theater, film, music and art exhibitions, which include established, outsider or student artists and performers who are dedicated to the growth of their work.


The art exhibitions change monthly at Green Kill and include local, national and international artists.


The Green Kill web site is; the email is; and the phone is 347-689-2323. 


Green Kill is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 3 pm to 9 pm, and closed on national holidays.







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229 Greenkill Avenue
Kingston, NY

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