betse & clarke – with eric thorin
betse & clarke w/eric thorin
Regular folks, exceptional music: This duo (and sometimes trio) from the heartland (Kansas City,
Missouri) has its roots in Ozark old time music, honoring traditional songs and tunes that
resonate with human experience.
For each concert setting, Betse & Clarke take an audience on a musical field trip. Betse Ellis
plays powerful and beautiful old time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs, and shares her own songs with themes relating to human experience. Expect her to tell some stories along the way, featuring personal moments with her fiddle mentor Violet Hensley. Long known for her
energetic style in her former band The Wilders, Betse’s earned a level of maturity while
maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Clarke Wyatt is an engaging finger-style banjo player
and guitarist, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford, and a guitar approach reminiscent of Norman Blake.
Lyons, Colorado bassist and vocalist Eric Thorin (Open Road, Mollie O’Brien, Danny Barnes,
Peter Rowan) has a powerful resume of performing, producing, and instructing. He has
composed more than 200 pieces for the Matt Flinner Trio, of which he is a founding member,
and is adjunct faculty for University of Northern Colorado’s folk and bluegrass program.
Together since 2014, this musical couple has performed across the United States, Ireland,
Scotland, Yukon, and Manitoba, from the Portland Old Time Music Gathering to Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Walnut Valley Music Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Guinness International Bluegrass Festival (Co. Waterford, Ireland), Bluegrass Music Festival (Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland) and Folk Alliance International Conference (as official selected showcase artists, and music camp instructors). They are dedicated instructors as well as performers and enjoy teaching at camps and workshops as well as private instruction.
Betse & Clark Website
PO BOX 2024, MILTON, WA 98354
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