Concert to mark release of album for Canton band Bee Children
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:45 am

SANFORDVILLE – The Canton band Bee Children will celebrate the release of their second recording project “Gather the Exiles” with a party and concert at The Hermitage, Robin McClellan’s home, 465 Old Market Road, on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Mary Ann Casale will open for the Children, starting at 3 p.m.

Bee Children channel the do-it-yourself attitude of the 1960s and the indie spirit of the 1980s into original music that is impassioned, cerebral, and atmospheric, said a press release from The Hermitage.

Created as an acoustic folk-pop project, the band’s sound has evolved over the past half-decade into a more ambitious, electric mix that showcases their post-punk, new wave, synth-pop and college radio influences.

Words of hope, melancholia, and empowerment combine with complex soundscapes that alternate between light and dark, past and present, the press release said.

The band released its debut album, “Veranophonic,” in 2015, and followed it up with 2018’s “Gather the Exiles,” a collection of nine songs headlined by the propulsive, inspiring “Get Free.”

The video for the song was filmed live at the legendary Java Barn.

The band has played in a range of venues from intimate acoustic spaces and local bars to music hot spots and regional concert series and festivals.

Bee Children are John Collins (guitar, vocals), Shane Rogers(keyboards, vocals), Terry DuBray (bass, guitar, vocals), and Sarah Gates(guitar, vocals).

Mary Ann Casale is well-known singer-songwriter in the folk and blues tradition with several recordings to her credit.

The concet is open to the public and free. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will be donated to Renewal House and the Potsdam food pantry.

For directions to The Hermitage in Sandfordville, just outside of Potsdam, visit