John is a guitarist and mandolinist. He has performed in many groups including his John Ehlis Ensemble. He plays traditional music from many cultures.
Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own unique style. As a multi-instrumentalist, he learned the mandolin busking on the streets of Denmark, Germany and Italy and has studied various woodwind instruments and percussion, including the Balinese Gamelan. While in Zimbabwe he met local musicians and performed with Motsi Uruka at the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo. He also performs and studies the music of the Basques.
In addition to a full performing schedule and teaching at the Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival, John teaches mandolin and guitar privately.
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