Ben Traverse


Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Country: United States

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Ben Traverse is a traditional folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and member of the  Earthwork Music Collective  with deep roots in Michigan.

Despite not coming from a musical family, Traverse has been drawn to live music since he held his first guitar at 2 years old – a gift from his grandfather. Ben’s real musical journey truly began nearly a decade go with a collaborative after-school program presented by Earthwork Music and   SEEDS   celebrating Alan Lomax’s 1938 folksong recordings of Michigan.

Traverse has spent the better part of a decade cutting his teeth playing listening rooms, festivals, and bars. He’s found his passion steeping himself in the rich history of traditional folk music and using folk music as a vehicle for community, collaboration, education, and environmental and social activism.

You can check my music out here ! I hope you like it :)

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Ben Traverse
@ben-traverse • 4 weeks ago • comments: 560
Posted a new Comment on @jim-fawcett:
"Thanks. Jim! Glad I'm here too! Any chance you're related to a Susan Fawcett that lives in Northern Michigan? She's a traditional music enthusiast too!"

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Ken Longfield
07/20/22 12:32:58PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Ben. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Let us know if you have any questions.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Richard Streib
07/19/22 06:44:07PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Ben Traverse to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great place to learn, to meet lots of dulcimer friends. Join the discussions. Ask questions. We are here to help.

Ben Barr Jr
07/19/22 05:27:31PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Ben, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.


Jim Fawcett
07/19/22 08:27:16AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Ben, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.