The Beagles' original sound blends harmony hooks and sultry seductions in a power pop package featuring catchy tunes, infectious instrumental riffs and high live performance energy. On their debut CD, Bed of Roses, they also show their range with a few jazz and country inflected tunes.
The Beagles formed in 2013 as a duo pairing guitarist Rob Freeman's original songs with Steve Wolpert's sax leads and harmony vocals. They soon expanded to a quintet with the addition of Vanessa Rose (vocals), Chris Clark (bass) and David Ross (drums). With these pieces in place, Rob finally had the sound he had been looking for since he was a teen, and started work with producer Lon Van Eaton (a former Apple Records artist who regularly collaborated with George Harrison and Ringo Starr) capturing this blend to release on CD.
In live performance, The Beagles also present unique arrangements of rock, soul and country covers, jazz standards, and folk classics, enabling them to entertain diverse audiences at events ranging from outdoor electric concerts to wedding cocktail hours, mellow winery shows, and family oriented acoustic events. They tailor their lineup to suit the needs of events, appearing as anything from a duo to a sextet and enlisting a variety of personnel as needed. Several singers who work with the band have bios below.
In 2017-18, The Beagles have greatly expanded their repertoire as the house band for an ongoing series of collaborations with Princeton cultural institutions McCarter Theatre Center; Morven Museum & Garden; Princeton Public Library; paying tribute to 20th Century musical icons at events such as:
- Bruce Springsteen: A Musical Journey (May 2017);
- Before There Was Janis - Songs of Janis Joplin and the Artists who Inspired Her – Bessie Smith, Odetta, Etta James, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin (October 2017);
- A Tribute to the Million Dollar Quartet – songs played by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins (March and June 2018); and
- An Historical Celebration of Motown (coming September 30, 2018).
Christopher M. Clark has contributed to recordings as electric and upright
bassist for local Mercer County, New Jersey artists Off the Map, the Alex Otey
Trio, and most recently with The
Beagles on their 2018 release Bed of
Roses. In 2010, he appeared as bassist on the Grammy-nominated release Fitness
Rock & Roll by Miss Amy,
performing at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California, and at the Easter Egg
Roll at the White House and the Corcoran Gallery, both in Washington, D.C. in
support of the album. Chris is also a classically trained double bassist who
has taught privately at The College of New Jersey, Arcadia University, Rider
University, the Lawrenceville School, and the University of North Texas.
David Ross has been playing drums and percussion pretty much exclusively with singer-songwriter projects for the past several years, including some dates on one of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tours. In the recent past, he has also become very happily involved in the Princeton area's local music scene, sometimes playing with The Beagles. He's an original member of Frances Catherine and Union County and Helen O'Shea's Shanakee Project. He's also performing with Tuomo-Kohrs, a project based in Massachusetts' Berkshires. You can find tracks from other records he's played on at https://davidrossonline.com.
Ynes Simone got her start singing in college as the lead singer for campus-based bands Jellymouth and the Buffalo Wings and Filthy Penny, Jr. She loves blues, rock, R&B, and old standards. After several years where her singing was limited to embarrassing her kids on long car trips, she recently reconnected with college classmate Rob and is pleased to have joined The Beagles in time to contribute vocals to their debut CD Bed of Roses and perform with the band.