Betse & Clarke

Betse & Clarke

Genre: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

Explorers of Ozark Music — Betse & Clarke released their debut full-length album, “River Still Rise”, in July 2016. This collection of music is to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name, and a part of their Kansas City home’s history. The album’s title comes from the journal of Meriwether Lewis, as the Corps of Discovery prepared to commence their epic journey. The self-released recording features the interweaving of fiddle and banjo, with Betse’s honest singing style and additional tracks including full string band Brushy Creek.

Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt formed their duo in the fall of 2014, after meeting and realizing a shared love of deep sources of traditional southern mountain music, along with the draw to create new music. In 2015, the duo was an official showcase act at Folk Alliance International Conference, and began their adventures on the road, touring in the Pacific Northwest and parts of the western States, from the Montana Fiddle Camp to the Portland Old Time Music Gathering. Their expedition continued in 2016 with more festivals and camps, including Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, and a late summer tour in Ireland. 2017 appearances include Folk Alliance International Conference (as official selected showcase artists, and music camp instructors), the John Hartford Memorial Festival, The Walnut Valley Music Festival (Winfield), and new projects from recording to documentary work.

For each concert setting, the duo takes 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 a few 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, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford. His melodies match the fiddle, and also build rhythmic interest to embrace the music’s character.

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Winnipeg, MB

Location:Winnipeg, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Patricia Beach, MB

Location:Patricia Beach, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Falcon Lake, MB

Location:Falcon Lake, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Letellier, MB

Location:Letellier, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Cartwright, MB

Location:Cartwright, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Glenboro, MB

Location:Glenboro, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Birtle, MB

Location:Birtle, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Norquay, SK

Location:Norquay, SK

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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McCreary, MB

Location:McCreary, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Arborg, MB

Location:Arborg, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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Winnipeg, MB

Location:Winnipeg, MB

With: Betse & Clarke

Playing: Banjo, Fiddle, Instrumentalist, Old Time Appalachian, Traditional Appalachian

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