TITLE: The Beehive Band
SPEAKER: The Beehive Band
EVENT DATE: 2008/04/24
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 66 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The Beehive Band perform traditional Mormon string band music from Utah as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series.
Speaker Biography: The Beehive Band performs hymns, songs and fiddle tunes of the Utah pioneers, emphasizing primarily the initial period of the Mormon migration west (1847 - 1869), or the period before the railroad came to Utah. Many of the early converts to Mormonism came from Europe and brought with them their own cultures. Early Utah traditional music became a collage of many styles and cultures, with the glue being the common religious experience. The traditional dance music often included tunes of Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh origin. It was typically played on the fiddle, and accompanied by the organ, cello, bowed bass, wooden flute and accordion. The songs had their roots in old ballads and early hymnody (west gallery and shape note singing). The members of the Beehive Band all have roots that tie them to the early Utah pioneers. They have played traditional music together for more than 30 years.