Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Apr 8th: Beeswing Trio

Photo of Beeswing Musical Group

Beeswing – Margaret Rush, Jeanne Chirdon Herbas & Andi Hearn

The Charlotte Folk Society’s (CFS) April Gathering features Beeswing, a lively trio of women devoted to traditional music who share a special love for the songs and dance tunes of Ireland.

Soaring, diving, darting through sunshine and shadow, buzzing with vibrant, vital energy: the music of Beeswing takes you to many places – most especially, to a happiness that feeds your soul and sends you on your way humming. Beeswing

Margaret Rush (vocal, guitar) grew up in Dublin surrounded by a wealth of musical influences and her plaintive singing style conveys all this, and the power of the song itself to the listener. She is an enthusiastic sharer of songs, tunes, and music tradition everywhere she goes, and her responsive, rhythmic, DADGAD-tuned guitar accompaniment is the springboard for Beeswing’s soaring melodies and the truly enriching musical conversations that follow.

Jeanne Chirdon Herbas (banjo, vocals), born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio amongst a family of Irish musicians, learned her music from the playing of Sligo flute player Tom Byrne. Her style, and her eloquent and spritely touch on the banjo, were cemented after three years living in County Cork, Ireland, where she soaked up lots of great music at festivals and sessions.

Andi Hearn (fiddler, singer) has spent more than 20 years learning Irish fiddle music from the tradition’s very best music exponents. Along the way, she has also collected and studied songs from the vast unaccompanied “sean-nos” ballad tradition of Ireland, as well as solo songs from all over the world. Her vocal style is as rich and hearty as her fiddle tunes.

These three women are Beeswing and they’ll be in the listening room of  The Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm this Friday, April 8th as presented in partnership with the Charlotte Irish Connection and Charlotte Community Radio.

All CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated.

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