The Bee Eaters and Laurie Lewis in Canyonville
"[The Bee Eaters combine]...chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness."
-The Boston Globe
"Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice." -Darol Anger
"It is a joy to hear both the exploration of this music and the
grounding of it simultaneously. Also, I love the emphasis on the simple beauty of the acoustic instruments."-Edgar Meyer
"The Bee Eaters are the instrumental cream of the brand new string nation."
".here come the Bee Eaters. ...so tastefully arranged and so well played. They rescue the hammer dulcimer from all cliches, and bring the music forward to right here and now." -Tim O'Brien
"Laurie is newgrass in the truest sense of the word, in that she uses bluegrass instruments to create new original music: it's music for now. As a fiddler, she could be from the 1940s or from 2010; it's timeless. As a singer, she knows the rules of bluegrass and how to sing in her own voice. She's probably one of the few female singers who really knows the nuances of the Ralph Stanley vocal style." -Sam Bush
Laurie Lewis won a Grammy as part of the 1997 compilation album "True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe" and was twice named female vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Laurie's 1996 album with Tom Rozum "The Oak and the Laurel" was nominated for a Grammy. Laurie Lewis explains her philosophy of music this way, "Bluegrass and folk music is very much interwoven in the day-to-day lives of the people who play it. Playing with other people, that's what makes it special. It's not a solo music. It's a community music; it brings people together. The self-expression and the communication that comes from playing music together -- I can't imagine anything better than that." During the past two decades, Laurie Lewis has established herself as one of the best artists in Bluegrass and American Roots music. She is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and bass player, as well as a bandleader and record producer.
"I believe every sound you listen to informs your ears, and therefore your musical perspective. We grew up listening to the sounds of nature, rather than the sounds of cities," says Bee Eaters co-founder Tristan Clarridge. Perhaps it was their unusual lifestyle growing up in a tipi on the side of a mountain in a remote part of Northern California that influenced their musically explorative sound. Or the fact that Tristan and fellow co-founder and sister, Tashina, never went to a day of traditional school, sometimes driving thousands of miles for music camps and lessons and spent much of their time exploring and learning on three week backpacking trips.The Bee Eaters trace their roots back to musical traditions as diverse as bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time. While today's new breed often produces an amalgamation of sounds and styles based on a distant view, the Bee Eaters were raised embedded in these traditions raised to mold, meld, shape them and carry them forward, leaving their own indelible marks in the process.
Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition are joined by hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman.
Tashina Clarridge, the 2005 Grand National Fiddle Champion, has toured with Mark O'Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer's Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan is an innovative cellist and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion. His talents have been sought by Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster. In addition to performing with the Bee Eaters, he tours internationally with Crooked Still.
Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings an unusual style to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world. He has performed with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, opened for Bill Frisell and, at the tender age of 16, was a scholarship guest artist at the prestigious Augusta Heritage Festival.
Since their formation in 2008 (with original member Wesley Corbett), the Bee Eaters have been on a trajectory of growth, both personal and musical. Their ensemble work has taken on mature, textured and nuanced tones, as their compositions have become more thoughtful and intricate. With Tashina's delicate fiddle and Tristan's grounding cello wrapped around Simon's ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration.
Listening to the Bee Eaters is like eavesdropping on a spirited, private conversation. As wonderful as their recorded music is, watching the Bee Eaters in live performance is an exercise in safe danger. They parry and thrust, challenging each other at every moment. Their focus on their music and on each other is tight and complete. Their melodic lines and rhythmic phrases dance (and sometimes roil) over, under and around each other. There is sometimes dissonance but always an ultimate harmony.
With the release of OddFellows Road on Sept. 6, 2011, the Bee Eaters continue to travel the country performing in clubs, concert halls and festivals, evangelists for their new American acoustic sound.
Perhaps Tony Trischka said it best: "Their impressive ensemble work leaves me breathless. Their music excites, heals and enriches. Listen often."
Yes, listen often.
*Directions for those coming on I-5 to Canyonville:
From the South:, take exit 98, turn right coming down to Main street turn left, in a couple of blocks look for sign for Days Creek, just before Jake's Auto, and turn right onto the Tiller Trail Highway.
From the North: take exit 98, turn left coming down to Main Street, turn right at Ken's Sidewalk Café, go a couple of blocks, and just past Jake's Auto, there's a sign for Days Creek and Tiller. Turn left onto the Tiller Trail Highway.
Follow the "highway" about 8 miles east of Canyonville. The High school is on the right in the small town of Days Creek. The concert will take place in the Family Resource Room, doors open at 6:00 pm.
Days Creek High School
11381 Tiller Trail Highway
Days Creek, OR 97429
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