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Bethany and Rufus in Concert at Blackbird Wine
Blackbird Wine
Portland, OR
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Bethany and Rufus in Concert at Blackbird Wine
For immediate release October 7, 2010
Contact: Matt Miner, 503-484-8196,

Blackbird Wine and Atomic Cheese at 4323 N.E. Fremont in Portland presents Bethany and Rufus in concert, Sunday November 7 at 7pm.

Bethany and Rufus are a cello and voice duo that have kept their production spare and focused on the depth of soul in the roots music they inhabit like few others.  In their hands, old aching mountain songs, gospel cries of redemption and reckoning, and the deep groove chugging of a freight train holler come alive again with an urgency and energy that has electrified audiences all over the world.

Bethany Yarrow, daughter of legendary 60's Folk singer Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), released her debut CD entitled Rock Island (Firetoy Music) in 2003 to amazing (and amazed) reviews. In totally unexpected ways, Bethany took traditional slave lullabies, prison songs, and murder ballads, and turned them into grooving electronic pop for a new generation. Goldmine Magazine says, "Bethany delivers low, smoky tones that call to mind Nina Simone or Cassandra Wilson." Rufus Cappadocia, on the other hand, is one of the leading voices on the cello today.  He has toured throughout the Americas and Europe with numerous groups and is known for his collaborations with artists from all over the world... from the Balkans to the Caribbean, from West Africa to North America.  Rufus released his solo project Songs for Cello (Velour Recordings) in February 2008. With his self designed five string electric cello, Mark Miller from Globe & Mail describes the instrument as "one of a kind, music like the man himself…Cappadocia has made a career of going where few cellists have gone before."

Bethany and Rufus first met in 1999 at a friend's late night gig at the Knitting Factory in New York City. The two of them began experimenting with old folk songs as a lark, but quickly realized that the unadorned cello and voice combined with the rooted power of these old chants was a starkly beautiful sound that reached across musical genres and generations.  Years later, in 2007, the duo released their critically acclaimed debut album 900 Miles (Hyena Records) which pushed the boundaries of American folk music far into unexpected territory.

"The musical results are really beyond category, with touches of jazz, gospel and something contemporary. Their unique sound starts with Bethany's phrasing, which can be quite loose, even ethereal. Then there's Rufus' five-string cello - played pizzicato, jazz style and bowed, incorporating the bass range and world music rhythms... It's an often bewitching chemistry." - Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Sample Bethany and Rufus' music at their MySpace page:

Tickets for this show are $15 each advance through or $20 at the door. Wine, beer and delicious snacks will be available for purchase during the show.  For more information contact Matt Miner, 503-484-8196 or


Blackbird Wine
4323 N.E. Fremont
Portland, OR 97211
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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