Ellis Dyson & the Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from Piedmont murder ballads to traditional jazz. The result: whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship that electrifies every audience. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus.
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles consists of Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals), Eli Wittmann (acoustic guitar), Butler Knowles (Upright bass), Danny Abrams (soprano/alto/baritone saxophones, vocals), and Danny Grewen (trombone, vocals). The band has come together through a series of fortuitous meetings in Chapel Hill, N.C. Beginning as a saxophone and banjo duo, the band has grown into a freight train string band with a flashy horn section.
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Voted "Best Local Band" by Daily Tar Heel readers and staff in April 2015.
"This folksy, swing-ragtime band from Chapel Hill is making waves for it's high energy performances and groovy dance tunes."
- Daily Tar Heel: Carolina's Finest 2014-2015
"These whiskey-soaked tunes can easily lead to some foot-stompin' hootin' and hollerin' (pardon, that's the eastern North Carolina coming out in me)"
- 88.1 WKNC