Three generations of The Beckett Family have entertained audiences at fairs, old time dances, theatre shows, fundraisers and festivals across Ontario. They have opened for a variety of acts, including the Barra McNeils, Natalie McMaster, Ashley McIssac, and were the special guests at the Carmen Manitoba Fiddle Festival, the International Plowing Matches and the annual Summerfolk Festival. The group includes Tyler and Linsey playing fiddle, as well as a variety of other instruments, their father John on bass and vocal’s and their grandfather Stan, who is a well-respected fiddler in the Owen Sound Area.
Tyler and Linsey
Playing music in a family environment has allowed Linsey and Tyler to value the tradition of old time fiddle music, as well as nurture their own musical styles. In recent years, Linsey and Tyler have performed on numerous stages across North America, Europe and Asia, delighting audiences with their toe-tapping fiddle styles. The duo have performed at a wide array of events, including the Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa for the CBC, Fiddles of the World and the World Youth Day Celebrations in Toronto. Tyler and Linsey are also two time Canadian duet fiddle champions and three time Ontario duet champions. Tyler and Linsey started touring with the Don Messer Jubilee Tribute Show in 2001, where together they performed over 200 shows across Canada. They have both had the opportunity to tour with CCMA and DCMA award winning country group, South Mountain.
Since graduating from Business Honours Administration in 2009, Tyler has worked with several musical artists, including the award winning bluegrass group, The Chapman’s. Tyler has also established himself as a valued multi-instrumentalist, playing with Jason McCoy on a Canadian Service Tour to Afghanistan, and performing with CCMA winners Jason Blaine and Tara Oram. Along with his busy music career, Tyler has enhanced his career path and has joined SunLife Financial in Owen Sound, where he is a financial adviser specializing in Insurance and Investments.
Linsey has completed her degree of Geography and Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, and performs regularly with a variety of musical groups. In 2009, Linsey began working with the international string production, Bowfire. Her involvement in Bowfire has led to many exciting opportunities, such as performances with the Houston, Calgary and Colorado Symphonies, Sean Connery’s 80th Birthday celebration in the Bahamas, and on the runway of New York Fashion Week’s “Dressed to Kilt.” Linsey continues to freelance, perform and record with a variety of traditional fiddle, country and contemporary acts.
The Beckett Family is sure to get your toes tappin' with their arrangements of traditional country music and old time fiddling. Their show captures the corners of traditional music from Western Swing to Bluegrass, includes exhilarating step dancing, down home humour, old time fiddling and special quests. The Beckett Family have four recordings available, "Fiddlin' 4 Generations," which included great grandpa, Elmer Beckett, “Changing Times” and “The Roots of Our Raising.” Their new recording, “The View From Here,” was released in 2014, and showcases some of Tyler and Linsey’s recent musical influences, while still encompassing their old time fiddle roots. The Beckett Family continue to perform and host their very successful New Year’s Eve shows at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.