The Sugar Beetles are what happens when three very different musicians combine their musical genres and backgrounds to form a sound that works, all for the love of music.
Reid Williams is a singer/songwriter from Cowichan Bay, BC, writing songs that would eventually kickstart his musical career into the indie rock genre. He and Kelly met at a local bowling alley during his CD release party with his band No Don't Stop, in the fall of 2010. They found a mutual connection through John Prine Songs and began performing together as a duo in May of 2012.
Kelly Girvan is a singer/songwriter from Northern Alberta, who began writing songs after she moved to Duncan, BC in 2007. Her alt/country- based songwriting lead her and Jeff to collaborate on an album in the winter of 2010. She and Jeff met through a bluegrass workshop that was organized at an elementary school where she teaches. They began performing as a duo in the fall of 2011, working their way up to the main stage at SuNFEST,Duncan's biggest country music festival in the summer of 2012.
Jeff Ellis is a multi-instrumentalist from Virginia, USA, beginning his musical journey at the age of 13 playing upright bass. It didn't take long before banjo, mandolin and guitar were also on his list of instruments he plays so effortlessly. He has recorded albums in the Bluegrass genre, playing every instrument. He also is the driving force behind his bluegrass band, The Maple Mountain Boys. He has toured in the States with notable country acts Continental Divide and Marty Raybon of the country super group Shenandoah.
These three artists combined, produces a live show that will get your toes tapping and singing along in no time. Their energy on stage will inspire you to dance and sing and lift your spirits. Using original songs and selected cover tunes from a broad range of genres keeps the audience engaged and wanting more.