Betse & Clarke House Concert for Crag
7PM Thursday, September 3, 2015
Church of the Acoustic Redemption (8325 North Central, Portland)
Join us for a private house concert with Betse & Clarke, who will be donating 50% of the proceeds to support Crag Law Center’s work providing legal aid for the environment in the Pacific Northwest.
Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm.
General Admission: $25
VIP Admission: Donate $25 or more (in addition to your $25 ticket) OR donate $25 and sign up to be a Crag Guardian with a recurring donation. Includes a VIP reception with Crag staff and the musicians, starting at 6:00pm
NOTE: Please note that the Church of Acoustic Redemption is an historic building and is not ADA-accessible. The listening room is located up a flight of stairs. Please contact Suzanne Savell if you need special accomodations – (503) 525-2724 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betse & Clarke explore their love of old time music with an inventive spirit, taking listeners on a field trip across mountain folkways and new landscapes. Their music is familiar… and totally different; a fiddle and banjo duo with a sense of adventure.
Betse Ellis plays fiddle and sings like nobody’s business. Her years with The Wilders proved her passion for Ozark tunes and an unstoppable stage presence. Her early violin studies continue to shape her musicianship through technique and composition.
Clarke Wyatt has an original and creative approach to three-finger banjo. His background as a pianist and composer inform his banjo method as much as his love for old time music.
Together, Betse & Clarke give every listener something to appreciate. They perform traditional tunes learned from cherished sources, creative arrangements of familiar and forgotten songs, and original compositions. You can expect to hear something new that preserves the spirit of tradition.
In 2015, Betse & Clarke were a featured performing act at the Portland (OR) Old Time Music Gathering. They were chosen as official showcase artists at Folk Alliance International Conference. They appeared at the John Hartford Memorial Festival, and the Wallsburg Music Festival, in Austin, Texas, as part of the Midcoast Takeover, and Kansas City’s Westport Roots Festival. Both Betse & Clarke are 2015 fellows of Artist, INC.