The Bee Eaters at Saint Joseph’s Sunday |

The Bee Eaters at Saint Joseph’s Sunday

The Bee Eaters boasts four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the new generation, tracing roots back to the musical traditions of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, jazz and pop. The quartet combines the strong, striking music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjo phenomenon Wes Corbett with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge.

Tristan, an inventive cellist and five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, tours with Crooked Still and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and has performed with Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky, and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster.

His sister Tashina, the 2005 Grand National Fiddle Champion, has toured with Mark O’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, 22-year-old Wesley Corbett has toured internationally with North Carolina’s 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.

Wesley’s longtime musical collaborator, 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 are a powerful creative force at the forefront of the emerging New Acoustic music scene. Their first record, produced by Darol Anger, was released in early 2009.

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