Erin Inglish is a tour-de-force banjo chanteuse, a thoughtful wanderer steeped in the thick of California’s music scene. A former engineer, Erin is now a musician and entrepreneur based out of San Luis Obispo. She is also an emcee at the KCBX Live Oak Music Festival and is honored to share the musical experience as an entertainer and host with KCBX public radio.
As a musician, Erin’s performances proffer passionate lyricism, toe-tapping grooves, and striking reflections about the state of the modern world. Erin's current passion project is a class-act jazz trio focused on both popular and obscure jazz standards with killer Billie-Holiday-style vocals accompanied by banjo, guitar, and fretless-bass. The Erin Inglish Band has performed for many audiences - from intimate settings to festivals - including headlining the Live Oak Music Festival main stage, Earth Day SLO, and the Women's March Rally in the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza. Her original music has been described as "groove-laden, jazz-inspired, existential trance blues-grass," and will get your toes tapping and heart smiling!
Erin has spent several years living abroad (in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia) – and her songwriting reflects her elation for life, creative and exploratory nature, and passion for creating positive change through community and art. Says a fan, "Her melodic optimism is a lighthouse calling the rest of us to pay attention to our highest pursuits."
In 2013, Erin released her first solo album titled, A Melody So Sweet, and then toured – by bicycle – the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month as part of what would become her annual Earth*Bike*Banjo tour.
Erin’s heart and passion ring clear through her original compositions, the causes to which she lends her banjo, and her choice of musical partners. She is also the organizer the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album - an annual collaborative project among lady banjo players aimed at supporting and promoting independent artists - featuring a fully-produced compilation album and a fun, thematic calendar. For two seasons, Erin toured with Duncan Phillips, son of Utah Phillips, as part of his "Long Memory" tour celebrating the life and times of the late and great Utah Phillips.