RVA born trans-folksinger Eli Conley returns to Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday 4/4
Last April, transgender folk singer and guitarist Eli Conley played at Ashland Coffee & Tea on his first East Coast tour. Now the venue calls him one of their favorite performers.
Conley was born in Richmond and he and his family moved to Ashland when he was eight. He went to Maggie Walker Governor’s School and has been playing music for most of his life.
“I used to do (SPARC) school of the performing arts in the Richmond community, a theatre program for kids in Richmond. I started writing songs when I was in high school,” said Conley. “I didn’t actually perform them until I got to college and experimented playing some shows at kind of folk coffee house venues.”
Eli Conley will be playing his second performance at Ashland Coffee & Tea this Saturday April 4th at 8pm.
“I’ve seen folks who I really admire there like Chris Smither and Mary Gauthier,” said Conley. “It’s always a treat to get to play there and also in my hometown. I used to go to the coffee shop part of Ashland Coffee & Tea when I was a kid.”
Conley has been living in Berkley, CA, outside of San Francisco for seven years in an area that’s very culturally vibrant and progressive. He plays a lot of shows around the area. Though he loves life out there, he still misses a lot about Richmond and the south in general like the slower pace and the landscape.
In 2013, Conley released his first full-length album “At the Seams.” He is currently in the process of writing new songs, possibly releasing a new album sometime next year. He describes himself to be an Americana singer/songwriter “on the edge of folk and country.”
A couple months ago Conley played in Berkley with folk band Humble Tripe hailing from Durham, NC. They will be playing with Conley this Saturday and two other shows on his East Coast tour. Shawn Luby is the lead singer/songwriter of Humble Tripe and Stud Green plays violin and sings back-up.
“It just feels really nice for me personally to get to play with other folk bands that are made up of other queer folks who are from the south,” said Conley. “And live in the south and are committed to staying there.”
On stage with Conley throughout the tour, his friend Joel Price will be on mandolin, fiddle and singing harmonies.
Eli’s music is influenced by many genres, mostly country and folk but also soul and indie rock. Humble Tripe is a soothing symphonic folk Americana duo.
“I think both me and Humble Tripe are a really good fit together,” said Conley. “If folks are into our style of music I think it will be both complementary and different enough that it should be really interesting.”
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
For more info about the show, go to the event page here
Saturday April 4th, 8pm
100 N. Railroad Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005
It’s been a good month for GayRVA hearing from awesome local LGBT performers. First, My Darling Fury spoke to us about the success of their Kickstarter Campaign, and now we hear from former Richmonder Eli Conley releasing his first solo album, “At the Seams.” Take a listen to some of Conley’s sweet, southern fare here: At The [...]August 14, 2013
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