Bethany & Rufus Perform The First Acoustics Concert Series

Folk duo Bethany & Rufus will be performing a show as part of the First Acoustics Concert Series at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York. First Acoustics is a Concert Series organized by the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2008.

Saturday, November 15th – 8:00 PM

First Acoustics Concert Series

The First Unitarian Church

50 Monroe Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Box Office: (718) 288 5994

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Bethany will also be joining her father Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble in New York City on November 8 to celebrate their new book “Peter Yarrow Songbook: Favorite Folk Songs”. Kids will make a joyful noise with these ever-popular classic songs which remind us of who we are and where we come from, so bring your kids and pass on the folk legacy. Lively, warm, and friendly, this illustrated collection – plus a CD with Peter Yarrow, his daughter Bethany, and cellist Rufus Cappadocia – will bring families together to read and to sing.

Saturday, November 8th – 2:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Lincoln Triangle

1972 Broadway

New York, NY 10023


“The first thing that comes to mind when listening to this fascinating folk duo — vocalist Bethany Yarrow, daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow, and veteran five-string cellist Rufus Cappadocia — is a slightly darker and more gritty Tuck & Patti, mostly due to the sparse production and Yarrow’s compelling, low husky tones. But while Tuck & Patti are, at the end of the day, true romantics, Bethany & Rufus edge deeper in the darker spaces between groove, jazz and a gritty approach to traditional folk. With Yarrow’s voice shadowing Cappadocia’s plucky melodic/rhythmic approach to the bass, the two blend influences from dusty American field recordings to modern jazz (the cheeky “Isn’t That So”), from light folk-pop (the snappy title track, “900 Miles”) to the griot traditions of Africa (“If I Had My Way (Samson & Delilah)”). Hypnotic pieces like “The Swallow” and “Asturiana” allow Cappadocia to venture into chamber music territory as he creates haunting, sustained notes under his partner’s ethereal lead. While these songs may take a few listens to fully resonate, there’s no denying that in a world where a lot of fluffy pop passes as folk, Bethany & Rufus, in taking a more original road, have come up with the real deal.” — Jonathan Widran

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