A 2014 inductee into the NY Blues Hall of Fame, Elly Wininger has been called a ‘folk-blues
legend’ who is ‘beyond category.” With a cornucopia of American styles at her fingertips, Elly
has won numerous awards for her songwriting, and performed in clubs and at folk festivals since
her start in the Greenwich Village folk revival where, encouraged by her guitar teacher, David
Bromberg, she played blues and ragtime guitar in the basket houses. Elly played opening night
at CBGB and performed there regularly, as well as in other NYC venues such as Kenny’s
Castaways, Dr. Generosity’s, Folk City and the Bitter End. Elly has performed annually at the
Woodstock Invitational Luthier’s Showcase, and was a featured performer and clinic instructor at
the 2012 Tall City Blues Fest in Midland Texas. Elly is also a composer and producer. Her series
of music documentaries, “Rockin’ the Boat,” won several awards, including one from the United
Nations. Her guitar and vocal work, as well as her original songs, have been featured in theater
productions, films, video games, and on the Clio award-winning public service campaign
“Friends.” Elly makes her home in Woodstock, NY, and can be heard on WIOX 91.3 Roxbury
where she hosts 2 radio shows: “Catskill Cabaradio” and “The Front Burner.” In addition to
teaching guitar, Elly conducts workshops assisting people of all ages and abilities in the creative
songwriting process.

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