The Bee Eaters perform on Cape Cod
THE BEE EATERS
Tracing it'ss roots back to musical traditions as diverse as bluegrass, celtic, jazz, old-time and pop, The Bee Eaters boasts four of the most accomplished and creative young talents of it's generation. The quartet combines the strong, striking music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjo phenomenon Wesley Corbett with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge. Tristan, an inventive cellist and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, also tours internationally with Crooked Still and has performed with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky, and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster. His sister Tashina, the 2005 Grand National Fiddle Champion, has toured with Mark OÃÂ¢Connor and Tony Trischka and has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer's Young Artists program. Since starting banjo at age 16, Wes Corbett has toured internationally with North Carolina bluegrass sensation The Biscuit Burners and appeared with the David Grisman Quintet, Matt Glaser, and numerous other groups; he also currently tours with Joy Kills Sorrow. Hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman has performed with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, opened for Bill Frisell, and at 16 was a scholarship guest artist at the Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia. His sophisticated rhythmic sense and ingenious tonal flexibility, on an instrument usually considered limited, has created a buzz among musicians all over the world. The result of the foursome's collaboration is an elegant fusion of tradition and innovation. The Bee Eaters is a powerful creative force at the forefront of the emerging New Acoustic music scene. Their first record, produced by Darol Anger, was released in February 2009.
"A sharp, clean example of where new acoustic music may be headed.ÃÂ¢
~The MarthaÃÂ¢s Vineyard Times
"The Bee Eaters are the instrumental cream of the brand new string nation. Harking back to the ÃÂ¢grand old daysÃÂ¢ when new virtuosos seemed to spring onto the scene fully formed with a whole repertoire of brilliant music nobody had ever heard before, somehow these kids have absorbed everything we had to offer and alchemized it into a new musical world."
"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."
"These Bee Eaters have bowled me over! Their bodaciously brilliant bowing and banjoing, the mellifluously magnificent malletwork, and impeccably impressive ensemble work leave me breathless.
Compositionally, creatively, clarridgely and new acoustically (or whatever category you want to assign to them), they inhabit the highest rung of the musical ladder. Their music excites, heals and enriches. Listen often."
"The Bee Eaters' extraordinary instrumentation of hammered dulcimer,
5-string banjo, fiddle, and cello immediately sets them apart from the
rest of the progressive string band world. But this band is no novelty.
The textures are rich, the tunes are engaging and the playing is
Members of The Bee Eaters have performed at the following festivals and venues:
Carnegie Hall - New York, NY,
Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN,
Rockygrass - Lyons, CO,
Strawberry Music Festival - Yosemite, CA,
Telluride Music Festival - Telluride, CO,
Cambridge Folk Festival - Cambridge, U.K.
Wintergrass - Tacoma, WA,
Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV,
ETown, live broadcast from the Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO,
SanderÃÂ¢s Theatre @ Harvard University - Cambridge, MA,
Celtic Connections - Glasgow, Scotland,
Northwest String Summit - Portland, OR,
Wheatland - Remus, MI,
The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI,
The Cedar- Minneapolis, MN,
The Prism - Charlottesville, VA,
The Freight and Salvage - Berkeley, CA,
Hardly Strictly Festival - San Francisco, CA,
The Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN,
15 Wachusett Ave
Hyannis Port, MA 02647
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