An accomplished musician with a healthy sense of humor and a strong grasp of human nature, Tammy Fassaert has developed over the years into a fine songwriter and compelling performer, both solo and in a band setting. Tammy has gone well beyond her original roots in traditional bluegrass and is a welcome figure around the globe in contemporary folk and acoustic circles as well.
Billboard Magazine dubbed Tammy "one of the leading figures in Canada's vibrant West Coast folk music scene". "She has grown into a mature and confident singer/ songwriter and song interpreter" declared the Vancouver Province newspaper. Tammy has a strong, clear unadorned singing style; The Victoria Times-Colonist described it as "the sound of wood smoke and clear mountain streams, ancient echoes of folk and country music before the business men in designer cowboy boots stole the music ..." Bluegrass Unlimited commented on her musical depth: "She's incorporated all manner of sophisticated and earthy American musical influences into her own superb vocal style".
With a strong family background in stage performance Tammy plays the role of host with ease. Tammy was born into music. In WWII, her med-school dad played trumpet in occupied Amsterdam during the university closures, while her mom was singing in Berlin clubs.
Tammy’s first recording was at age 4, on the family’s reel-to-reel UHER tape recorder. She picked up the guitar at 8, during the rich folk boom, which gave her an instant repertoire. While her parents loved Dixieland and Baroque, and her brother was moved by Rock and Jazz fusion, they found themselves scratching their heads over Tammy’s love of acoustic folk and country. Tammy continued to sing and play throughout elementary, high school and university, with country and folk bands at every turn.
She lights up the stage with her powerful energy and humorous candor, and will completely draw in her audience. Tammy adds texture and variety to her lively shows with versatile guitar or upright bass accompaniment that is by turns rhythmic and punchy, or melodic and pretty.
Her 1994 debut CD 'Just Passin' Through' did very well for Tammy. Bluegrass Canada Magazine said "it has the maturity, stability, and evenness of a fourth or fifth release".
Tammy's second solo album 'Corner of My Eye' includes four brilliant songs from Tammy, with impressive playing by a cast of luminaries under the keen direction of producer and mandolinist John Reischman. This internationally acclaimed release has further enhanced an already rich musical pedigree that has seen her perform and record in bands with acoustic music stars such as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Jeff White, Grammy winner Sally Van Meter and Scott Nygaard. Tammy also hand picks back-up players for tours, who have included John Reischman, Ian Tyson alumnus Nathan Tinkham, Alberta's popular bluegrass band Jerusalem Ridge, and European instrumental wizards The Louvat Bros.
In 2005 Tammy joined up with versatile guitarist Dave Clarke and mandolin wizard James Whittall to form Shearwater Bluegrass Band. Shearwater Bluegrass’ signature sound comes from combining refined vocal harmonies with creative instrumental duets.
In the five years they were together, SBB recorded a fine eponymous CD, featuring mostly original tunes penned by all three.
"She is a singer with few boundaries. She spans genres without stretching"
"world class bassist...inspiring vocalist"