Genres:Folk, New Age, Easy Listening, Classical - Baroque Chamber, Jazz - Dixieland/Ragtime, Rock - Roots Rock, World - Eastern European, Blues - Acoustic
Ben Woolman is an accomplished guitarist, composer, instructor, performer, and has established a place for himself on the long historical line of fine Minnesota bred guitarists. His music can be heard around the world on cable, Internet, and terrestrial radio outlets in over 50 countries, spanning 6 continents, and among programming for Minnesota and National Public Radio. He has been a guest columnist for Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Guitar Teacher Magazine, as well as a contributing instructor for the DVD series, Guitar Licks Goldmine, released by Hal Leonard Corporation - the world's largest music print publisher. His compositions have been included in various film soundtracks and he has 10 recordings - solo and compilations - credited to date which have received numerous accolades, including two favorable reviews from the premier acoustic music publications: Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. Woolman holds a BFA in Guitar Performance, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Cooperative Guitar Program, Milwaukee, WI.
Regarded as an engaging and inspiring performer, Ben has over 15 years experience traveling the US showcasing his distinctive concert programming. Like his recordings, his concerts are a cosmopolitan blend of original compositions and arrangements spanning a wide range of repertoire from the 1920s to the present century. They are both a nod to the history, as well as a contemporary representation, of finger-style guitar.
In addition to his solo work, he performs with the instrumental duo, New Roots Duo, whose debut CD, Roots Run Deep, was voted best local folk/roots album of the year by Mpls St Paul Magazine. Woolman is currently the lead finger-style guitar instructor at St. Paul Guitar Studio in St. Paul, MN.