Three hearts, three voices: melodies ancient and new
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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.
Margaret Rush (vocals, guitar):
Margaret grew up in Dublin surrounded by a wealth of musical influences. Her plaintive singing style conveys all this, and the power of the song itself to the listener. Since leaving Ireland, Margaret has lived in Sweden and Canada, and now has landed in North Carolina. 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. Margaret is an elementary and early childhood music teacher in Raleigh, NC, and is a fixture in the area music scene.
Jeanne Chirdon Herbas (banjo, vocals):
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio amongst a family of Irish musicians, Jeanne 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. After many years as a musical anchor and regular performer in the mountains of North Carolina, Jeanne has settled in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
Fiddler and singer Andi Hearn
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. From her home in Columbia, South Carolina, she founded and directs the Redbird School of Irish Music to share traditional Irish music with her community.