Ben Traverse
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Ben Traverse

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Folk Celtic




"The Accidentals"

Ben is the modern day Pete Seeger. He’s a musical archeologist who writes songs that sound like they’re from a hundred years ago. -

"Seth Bernard"

As a musician, Traverse is rooted in the past, forward thinking, and fully present. His foundation is solid and he cares deeply about music and people. -

"Mark Lavengood"

"Ben's passion for music is unmistakable. From the onset of the first note, Traverse creates magic! The future is bright with this one. -


Songs of the Lakes, Rivers, and Seas - Shantyland (2020, Collaborative release with Michael Dause of The Accidentals and Treeskin)



Ben Traverse is a traditional folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and member of the Earthwork Music Collective with deep roots in Michigan. After attending a music camp taught by the likes of May Erlewine, Joshua Davis, Seth Bernard, and many other prominent forces in the West/Northern Michigan music scenes, Ben found his passion steeping himself in the rich tradition of folk music. Drawing inspiration from Pete Seeger, the Clancy Brothers, Doc Watson, and countless others, Traverse brings a unique, youthful enthusiasm to an old and rich musical tradition.

Notable Venues:

Listening Room (Grand Rapids, MI)

Fountain Point Resort (Lake Leelanau, MI)

Old Dog Tavern (Kalamazoo, MI)

Notable Festivals:

Hoxeyville Music Festival

Earthwork Harvest Gathering

Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival

Notable Acts I've Performed With:

The Accidentals

Joshua Daivs

May Erlewine

Seth Bernard

The Crane Wives

Mark Lavengood (former member of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys)

Band Members