Gary Eller has played American roots music since he grew up in rural West Virginia. Following a thirty year career as a nuclear scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he retired to Nampa and immediately became deeply involved in Idaho history and music. With funding from the Idaho Humanities Council in 2007 and 2008, he compiled almost 200 historically rooted songs of our region and performs them at many events throughout Idaho. Eller works closely with regional museums and universities to collect, archive and bring to life through performance and interpretation the wonderful windows into Idaho’s heritage that these songs present.
These programs focus on pre-radio era songs of Idaho and are arranged topically. E.g.,
• Work songs
• Mining songs
• Region of Idaho (North Idaho, Salmon River, Owyhees etc.)
• Notable Women of Early Idaho
Their songs, poetry, and life stories performed as Chatauqua programs.
A musical showcase of early Idaho train songs.
Early Idaho sheet music performed in the "classical" piano/banjo style. Jointly performed with pianist Sean Rogers in period concert attire.