The Bee Eaters – Scott Nygaard & Sharon Gilchrist

  • July 11, 2019
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The Bee Eaters trace their roots back to musical traditions as diverse as bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time–molding, melding, shaping those traditions with their own indelible imprint. Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman.

Since their formation in 2008 (with original member Wesley Corbett), the Bee Eaters ensemble work has taken on mature, textured and nuanced tones, as their compositions have become more thoughtful and intricate. With Tashina’s delicate fiddle and Tristan’s grounding cello wrapped around Simon’s ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration. “Their impressive ensemble work… leaves me breathless. Their music excites, heals and enriches. Listen often.” –Tony Trischka

Scott Nygaard & Sharon Gilchrist  Scott Nygaard is one of bluegrass’ most eclectic guitar players. A former member of Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, Nygaard has been an essential member of Tim O’Brien’s O’Boys since 1991. In addition to occasional sideman gigs with stellar musicians as Tony Furtado, Todd Phillips, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements, Mike Marshall, Richard Greene, Kathy Kallick, and Norton Buffalo. Scott has produced two memorable solo albums featuring his highly-melodic flatpicking. Tonight Scott teams up with Sharon Gilchrist who has her own bluegrass credentials. Sharon Gilchrist plays mandolin, upright bass, sings, writes original music and is also a respected teacher. She has performed with a number of great artists including Darol Anger, Scott Law, the Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall, the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, The Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, Donald Rubinstein, Jeff Scroggins, The Santa Fe All-Stars, the Bill Hearne Trio and Mary & Mars.