The Bee Eaters, Family Lines

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Boasting four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the emerging new acoustic music scene, The Bee Eaters mingle bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, jazz, and pop influences into a striking, elegant fusion of tradition and innovation. Dubbed “the instrumental cream of the brand new string nation” by fiddle legend Darol Anger, the quartet features hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjo phenomenon Wes Corbett, plus the inimitable brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge. Tristan, a 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. Since starting banjo at age 16, Wesley Corbett has toured internationally with bluegrass sensations The Biscuit Burners and appeared with the David Grisman Quintet, among others. Hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman has performed with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall. In other words, if you attend the Freight regularly, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of these folks before!

Like all families, Family Lines has history. And what a history it is. As a professional actress Susan Nielsen shared the stage with Bob Hope, Merv Griffin, Bill Cosby, and other national stars before shifting gears and getting back to her musical roots as a vocalist and composer. Tim McDonald has been honing his singing and guitar picking skills since he was just a kid. He played lead in several Bay area groups, including Axis and The King’s Men, before going it alone as a solo artist. And string master Ken Frankel has been part of the California music scene since the 60s, performing with music notables such as Jerry Garcia, Richard Green, Rick Shubb, Sandy Rothman, Robert Hunber, and Tom Constanten. Put ’em together and what have you got? A trio that performs outstanding original music as well as folk, blues, and roots favorites. This acoustic family features rich vocal harmonies that blend somewhere beyond the DNA. Family Lines delivers lively and riveting performances that’ll get you out of your seats and make you feel like–well, like family.