BETHANY & RUFUS BIO:
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Bethany & Rufus are an incredible cello and voice duo that slide elegantly between soul, funk and folk. Rufus, the first call groove/Hendrix cellist in NYC, is jaw-droppingly talented and creates a bed of deep groove over which Bethany sings with a grace and power that is rare in today’s music scene.

Their debut CD is a stunningly simple and beautiful work, a magical blend of Bethany Yarrow's electrifying voice (a combination of the husky power of Nina Simone and the open-throated clarity of a tiny sparrow) and the mind-blowing, genre-bending cello playing of Rufus Cappadocia. With a deeply soulful sound Bethany & Rufus have transformed timeless songs such as 900 Miles, East Virginia, and St. James Infirmary -- pushing the boundaries of American folk far into the territory of jazz and sweet soul.

As the daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Bethany absorbed much of this music through osmosis in her early childhood, but it’s her tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material allow her to turn these songs inside out and find their less explored, enchanted underside.

Rufus Cappadocia is one of the leading voices on the cello today, making a career of going where few cellists have gone before. He has toured throughout the Americas and Europe with numerous groups and is known for his collaborations with artists from all over the world including Urban Tap, The Paradox Trio, and the Vodou Drums of Haiti. After years of experimentation, Rufus plays a self designed Five String Electric Cello that extends the bass range of the cello and expands the tonal possibilities of the instrument.

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PETER YARROW BIO:

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A successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow's talent is legendary. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs that Peter, Paul & Mary have recorded, including "Puff, The Magic Dragon," "Day Is Done," and "Light One Candle." This musical creativity has always gone hand-in-hand with Yarrow's commitment to social change.

Many issues have moved Peter Yarrow to dedicate his time and talent over the years: hunger, homelessness, nuclear threat, education, equal rights and more. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Yarrow is most proud of the Allard K. Lowenstein Award, which he received in 1982 for advancing the causes of human rights, peace and freedom. Throughout everything, his music has been an advocacy, and he has proven that when we come together and work for a common goal, positive change can take place.

Yarrow's most recent project utilizes music and video along with character education curricula to help establish safe, compassionate and nurturing environments for children in schools and summer camps across America. Launched in over 10,000 schools, Operation Respect: "Don't Laugh At Me" was hailed by virtually the entire educational community as a key initiative in our nation's response to the challenge of physical and emotional violence among children. Yarrow feels that this program, of which he is Founding Director, is perhaps the most important advocacy effort of his entire career.

In addition to his ongoing career with Peter, Paul & Mary, now in its 45th year, Yarrow makes special appearances with his daughter, Bethany Yarrow, herself a singer and songwriter.



CONTACT INFORMATION

general inquiries: info@bethanymusic.com

BOOKING:
Folklore Productions | 1671 Appian Way | Santa Monica, CA 90401 | tel. 310 451 0767 | info@folkloreproductions.com

MEDIA:
Laura Jackson | 438 East 66th Street | New York, NY 10021 | tel 212.535.7578 | laura.jackson@earthlink.net