Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt have been involved in the Kansas City music community for decades.
Ellis was most prominently the fiddler and vocalist for the Wilders, an old-time country quartet she co-founded in the mid-1990s. She was also a member of Blue Museum, Blessed Broke and the Sawyers.
After the Wilders broke up in 2012, she started a solo career, which included the release of two albums, including “High Moon Order,” which celebrated her roots in old-time fiddle styles.
Clarke Wyatt is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a member of some of Kansas City’s most dynamic bands, including Mr. Marco’s V7s and Hairy Apes BMX.
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In 2014, Ellis and Wyatt formed Betse & Clarke. As a duo (Ellis on fiddle, Wyatt on banjo), the two explore the traditions of old-time rural music, particularly the styles indigenous to the Ozarks in southern Missouri.
In 2016, they self-released their debut full-length album, “River Still Rise,” which, along with their EP, “Bird Notes,” is available at betseandclarke.com.
On Monday, Oct. 2, Betse & Clarke performed for Star Sessions, the Kansas City Star’s local music showcase. Attached are some excerpts from that performance from the Blue Room in the historic 18th and Vine District.