VOX VIOLINS music is fun, lively and interactive.
Together, Beth Bartley and Mark Clifford have two lifetimes worth of shared music on the same stage. From Celtic Fiddle, Canadian Folk Ballads, Blues Classics to Rock and Roll Grooves and many original instrumental and lyrical tunes….
VOX VIOLINS is guitar, bodhran, violin, mandolin and voices. For over 30 years VOX VIOLINS has been performing in pubs, bistros, festivals, livingroom concerts, weddings, corporate events and memorials.....
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Beth Bartley was born in Woodstock (1957) to Marguerite (Showers) and Clare Bartley. They were wunderful parents who nurtured her creative spirit.
From those early influences, Beth became a violinist, singer, composer and gardener.
Beth joined the LONDON YOUTH ORCHESTRA to tour SCOTLAND and ENGLAND in 1976. She then studied performance with YURI MASURKAVICH at WESTERN UNIVERSITY, LONDON, ONTARIO.
While at Western U., Beth went to a Stephane Grappelli concert on campus and heard what direction her music was heading…
During this time Beth began to work with many bands in the folk, rock, fusion, jazz and blues idioms strengthening her improvisational skills all the while. LATER…….
Beth got involved with touring children's theatre companies, MERMAID THEATRE, NOVA SCOTIA and CAROUSEL PLAYERS, ST. CATHARINES, ONT.
In 1995, Beth composed the score for the musical BALLAD FOR A RUM RUNNER’S DAUGHTER, a play written by LAURIE FYFFE, which premiered at BLYTH FESTIVAL THEATRE , BLYTH,(ONT..)
To date, Beth keeps an active schedule, primarily, teaching the art of music to children and adults. Beth is an activist in many ways, but firstly in keeping fiddle music alive in her community.
In 1993, an eclectic group of multi-talented women-musicians, naming themselves ”BROADBAND” came together for a purpose and a cause. They created an annual event to CELEBRATE WOMEN IN MUSIC and raised money for a local ST. CATHARINES Womens’ Shelter formerly called WOMENS’ PLACE, now called GILLIAN’S PLACE. Beth has been an integral catalyst in this group of concerned, like-minded individuals looking for positive change in our time.
AN ANGEL IN OUR MIDST…..BETH VICTORIA BARTLEY.
Mark Clifford picked up the guitar in 1964 and joined his first band when he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of the FANSHAWE COLLEGE – MUSIC INDUSTRY ARTS PROGRAM – LONDON, ONTARIO and has several production credits to his name. To name just two of these projects there is the OUT OF THE FOG compilation of underground artists in HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA and SONGS FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD compilation of artists from the QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS in Western Canada. Mark has been composing, performing and recording songs since 1970 and has been a SOCAN member since 1974. Until now most of Mark’s solo recordings have been laying dormant on reels, cassettes, dat. tapes, and hard drives with a few copies used for small film projects and gifts to friends and family. Now with this web site he is making available a number of these pieces which can be described as “binaural” or meditative or sound track like musings.
He has toured with MAJOR HOOPLES BOARDING HOUSE, BOND, LANGILLE BROS. BLUES BAND, VOX VIOLINS and others.
In the Niagara region, Mark was guitarist in the original BIG SQUEEZE, a fantastic Zydeco band, the LOUD SHERTZ, a fun rock and roll band and SHIFT, a Rhythm and Blues-Funk band. He has also played in other local bands either on call or in a few on-occasion bands.
His own blues band (MARK CLIFFORDS LITTLE BLUES BAND) has backed up (the late) DUTCH MASON, JACK DE KEYZER, RITA CHIARELLI, CARLOS DEL JUNCO and others.
Mark has successfully produced a number of shows for conferences at BROCK UNIVERSITY and a series of shows over four years called NIAGARA WEAVE. A variety style show with Mark as producer/host featuring a weave of talent from our local area set in the SEAN O’SULLIVAN THEATRE at BROCK UNIVERSITY.
For 10 years, Mark also Managed the backstage area for THE NIAGARA WINE FESTIVAL. He is also stage manager for the annual LIGHT OF DAY benefit concert for PARKINSONS DISEASE held each year in NIAGARA FALLS and the GREG FREWIN THEATRE. He likes this work and looks forward to more work of this nature in the future.