We are a non-traditional family Bluegrass band with excellent vocal harmonies. We play original material that tell stories about life in Canada. Grassworks works regularly and prides itself on its polished performances and musicianship.


Grassworks Bluegrass is an award winning family bluegrass band with roots in Atlantic Canadian bluegrass that go back nearly 100 years. Four generations of the family are still active on the Atlantic Canadian Bluegrass circuit. Grassworks performs traditional, modern, and original, Bluegrass music. In demand in their community, Grassworks has performed at many Bluegrass Festivals in Atlantic Canada, as well as community venues and on the local cable television. These musicians bring polished performances and outstanding musicianship to every show.
In January 2007, the band released its first CD, which is a compilation of tunes written by band members, Nathan, Warren, and Dana. The CD is entitled “HOME, All Original” and includes “Ruby” and “Home,” which are songs requested by audiences wherever Grassworks plays. The CD has aired on both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Bluegrass radio programs, as well as CBC Radio.
Nerissa and Warren Beeler bring a combined 50 years of bluegrass performing experience to the band. Nerissa’s powerful vocals and Warren’s award winning bass playing provide a solid core to the band’s sound. Nerissa has performed with numerous Bluegrass bands, Church choirs, and community choirs, throughout her career. Warren is a past member of the award winning bands Close to Home and Grassfire. As well, Warren is a recipient of the ECBMA Bass Player of the Year. As well, he is a two time nominee of the ECBMA Composer of the Year, for songs such as Home, John 3:16, and Norman’s Gun (to name just a few).
Warren and Nerissa’s daughters, Teresa and Dana, provide harmony as only family can. They are both experienced musicians, even at their young ages and have been singing and performing most of their lives. Dana wrote her first “hit” (Ruby) when she was 16 and continues to add her originals to the band’s repertoire. You can listen to her newest song, “Gamblin Man” on our web site,
Diane Clarke is widely considered one of the finest musical educators in Nova Scotia and is currently enrolled in the Masters program at Acadia in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, studying Music Education. Although Diane was a newcomer to the Bluegrass scene when she joined Grassworks, she provides excellent Bluegrass style rhythm guitar for the band.
Nathan Beeler plays mandolin and lead guitar with the band. Nathan cut his bluegrass teeth with Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band and Shady Lane and has performed with such eclectic groups as Scotia Brass and Symphony Nova Scotia. In 2002, Nathan released an independent recording of original songs; and his music has been played on CBC radio.
Cleve Beeler is the newest member of the band. Cleve is a very well respected musician throughout the Canadian Bluegrass world. After more than forty years playing bass in such bands as Surefire, Kopper Kettle, and the award winning Grassfire, Cleve decided to take up the challenge of learning the Banjo. Cleve felt that Grassworks needed a banjo; and since he met the criteria of being a family member (father to Warren and Nathan), at the age of 65, he started to learn the banjo. He joins Grassworks this year on their tour of the Maritime festivals.
For photos and to play some of the cuts off the CDs, please visit Grassworks’ My Space site at As well, you can see recent photos and keep up-to-date on Grassworks’ schedule, please visit our new website at .


2007 - "Home-All Originals" - 7 songs - all receiving airplay at some time or another on CBC radio; Also CIFA in Clare, NS; and Moncton Radio Stations playing Bluegrass music. Song selections from this CD can be heard at

2009 - The Fun We Had - 10 songs, including four originals

Set List

We will play as many songs as are requested for a set- depending on the amount of stage time bands are alloted at the festival or show. At festivals we do from 12-14 songs in a set. Typically, we play 4-5 originals and the rest would be traditional or cover tunes. Normally, we do 3-4 sets at one festival and they would each have 12-14 different songs in them.

Here is a typical set for Grassworks:

Rain Please Go Away - Del McCoury
Losin Again - The Chapmans
The Fun We Had - Warren Beeler (Grassworks)
Jolene - Dolly Parton
The Letter- Warren Beeler (Grassworks)
Gamblin Man - Dana Beeler (Grassworks)
Trains Make Me Wanna - The Chapmans
John 3:16 - Warren Beeler (Grassworks)
The Fox - Traditional
She'll Hang on for Now - Nathan Beeler - (Grassworks)
Home - Warren Beeler (Grassworks)
Ruby - Dana Beeler (Grassworks)