The Honeybees busy with singing gigs, new CD

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 8, 2013 

Full disclosure: Barb Fuller and her husband, Mark, are publishers of Entertainment News NW, a guide to goings-on in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Even though Barb and I work in the same line of work, we are still good pals.

When I learned that Barb's vocal quartet, The Honeybees, was the opening act for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema's screening of "Singin' in the Rain" on Aug. 17 at Fairhaven Village Green, I was all abuzz. I thoroughly enjoy both the songs the quartet sings as well as their spirited performance of the tunes, which includes a lot of fun choreography.

If you've ever been to the Chuckanut Radio Hour, sponsored by Village Books, you've heard The Honeybees at the opening of each show. But they're part of the recorded part of the show, so it's amusing to see folks new to the show to look around to see who's singing.

When I asked Chuck Robinson, co-owner and co-host of the Radio Hour, why the quartet was chosen for the opening jingle, he said, "We love The Honeybees. We thought their vintage sound on our song signature was perfect for a radio variety show."

I asked Barb to write a little about the quartet, since they'll be singing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Elizabeth Park, and again at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Village Green. They also have a new CD coming out soon.

Here's what Barb wrote:

"Performing together since the fall of 2003, The Honeybees enjoy singing favorite tunes from the '20s through the '60s, complete with harmony, choreography and humorous antics. Kathy Murray (the Queen Bee) brought us all together and we began singing songs that The Andrew Sisters sang in the '40s.

"We love all sorts of music, so little by little we've expanded our repertoire to include songs like 'Mairzy Doats' from way back, as well as some doo-wop, gospel, country, tunes from musical theater and even some Elvis and Beatles. The first few years we were together, we'd rehearse twice weekly. There are so many great songs and so little time!

"Marcia Reimers is our soprano and she sings melody much of the time, although we like to mix it up. Our bass is Iris Likkel and we are very lucky to have her. In addition to her great voice, she has often been called our 'chief cut-up.'

"Kathy and I sing the middle parts. Kathy plays the keyboard and is our director; Iris does choreography and costuming; Marcia is in charge of bookings and driving us to gigs and I do our marketing and some scheduling. We get along like sisters (enough said)!

"We sing about 100 times during the year, primarily at assisted-living facilities and it's always a joy. We have also sung for folks in hospice, at home and in the hospital. In addition, we love singing for private parties, open houses and reunions.

"We are very excited to be releasing our third CD called 'A Sentimental Journey with The Honeybees.' The Saltwater Octet accompanies us on most of the songs, a trombone quartet and rhythm section on one song, and The Julian MacDonough Trio joins us for the remainder.

"We hope to have the CD available for sale at the Elizabeth Park event and at the Fairhaven Village Green.

"The Honeybees' official CD release and 10th anniversary celebration will be at Broadway Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. We are planning to give a holiday concert in early December in The Leopold's Crystal Ballroom.

"Along with our 2009 holiday CD, 'Bee Merry,' our new CD will soon be available at CDBaby.com."

Details: thehoneybees.biz.

ADVENTURE IN BELLINGHAM FOCUS OF SHORT-FILM CONTEST

5Point Film, a Colorado organization, is coming to Bellingham's Depot Market Square Aug. 29 and is seeking entries for a local adventure film competition that will take place Aug, 22 at Backcountry Essentials in Bellingham.

Community members are encouraged to submit films between three and six minutes in length that highlight the spirit of adventure in Bellingham - short films that embody or tell a great story or are artistic in some way, and celebrate the human spirit of adventure ... whatever adventure means to you.

To submit an entry, go to 5pointfilm.org/submit and fill out the form, paste in the link to screen your film, and submit to 5Point by Aug. 15.

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