About the Artists:
What happens when a modern harpist/singer-songwriter unites with a contemporary world fusion guitarist? As one fan said, “It just knocked us off our feet, got deep down in our Soul, made us feel alive.” From the moment the first note is played, sparks fly, time takes a deep breath and the listener is drawn into a mesmerizing journey that defies classification. Ruth Beck is known as a vocalist for her arresting, soul-filled lyricism while Michael Mandrell is a world class finger style guitarist of eclectic sensibilities and delicate technique. Together, Beck and Mandrell move lithely between the diverse traditions of middle-East rhythms, Celtic lilts and traditional folk. Always bopping, grooving and bringing their audience alongside with them, one immediately senses the relentless passion in their art. Therein lies the pleasure of it— music played with such skill and finesse that the technical prowess is just one element in a fuller experience. Expect to stomp your feet to rollicking Irish traditional tunes; dip your toes in the warm waters of the folk Americana tradition; swing to jazz grooves and find your solace in the pure joy of music. The effect lingers long after the last note has been played.
Ruth and Michael have some great local shows coming up in the Portland area.Their also hitting the road throughout the summer to perform some lovely concerts all around the Pacific NW, California, Colorado and New Mexico. To see where their going, upcoming shows are below. To see where they've been just click on the "previous events" link at the bottom of the page.
Catch some highlights of them playing an intimate Sellwood house concert in Portland at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqFKfvGyXl0.
And here's a special announcement! Everyone loves Ruth's music, we know you will too. With beautiful harp and well crafted songs, look for her debut CD to be out this June! Sign up here to be on the mailing list and get an email when "Closer than Danger" is released. Hear a sample at www.ruthbeckmusic.com.