The Honeysuckle Possums are a five-woman string band, playing old-time, original, and bluegrass music. The two lead singers, Susan Marie Reeves (guitar, strum-stick, ukulele) and Rebecca Troon (banjo, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, tin whistle) are both accomplished songwriters. Charletta Erb Adds Fiddle and vocals, and Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin and joins in on harmonies. Ruth Alpert is the band’s dancing percussionist…an Appalachian-style flat-footer, who seems to float as she makes it easy for the crowd to dance and clap along. She took the grand champion ribbon in flatfoot dancing this summer at Clifftop.
The Honeysuckle Possums have played all over California and continue to gain praise for their beautiful vocals, carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style. They have performed at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers Convention/Festival and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, and Grass Valley Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival as a CA showcase band, all to rave reviews.
The group’s intention is “to create and share happiness through music”. Their collective joy onstage is contagious, and their performances are carried on a strong current of love and friendship. “Possum” audience members frequently comment on how the positive energy of their shows is irresistible.
“Every bluegrass and old times festival would be remiss not having these girls at it!!”
Wally Barnick – Cache Valley Drifters & MC for Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
The Possums killed it. The Possums nailed it. The Possums made it RAIN up in here, and lit the lamps. The Possums tied the knot on a huge parcel and sent it Air Mail Special Delivery, postage paid. The Possums washed the windows and patched the roof. The Possums hoisted the mizzen and set sail.
Tom Lee, (Bassist Extraordinaire) Song Tree Concert Series