Brandon Music

BRANDON — On Saturday, Oct. 5, Brandon Music will welcome The Umoya Trio for their debut performance of classical recorder music at the Brandon venue. The Umoya Trio is a multi-generational ensemble hailing from three different countries, connected by their love of recorder music and the gratification of experiencing the energy it brings with it. The word “Umoya” (Xhosa for “wind”) is a nod to the energy of the wind: of fierce siroccos, turbulent gales, swirling mistrals, and gentle cool breezes, and of course, the energy from their wind-powered instruments. This Boston-based group (Kaleem...

THE WILDLY INVENTIVE John Funkhouser Trio performs its annual show at Brandon Music on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — The John Funkhouser Trio returns Sept. 28 for its annual show at Brandon Music, which can now be best described as a Brandon Music tradition. Funkhouser’s eclectic influences include music from South Africa, the Great American Songbook, Appalachia, India, New Orleans funk (Funkhouser certainly lives up to his name), ’70s prog rock, modern jazz, Balkan folk music, and more. The Trio’s music is full of empathy, fire, staggering technical displays, profound intimacy, joy and playfulness — all reasons why this group is best experienced live. Along with Funkhouser on piano, are Greg...
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes Lara Herscovitch, a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences, to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 21. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain.  Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio), “sharp as a tack (and wickedly funny)… polished, confident, talented” (Scenic Root). She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with...

EXPERIENCE THE FULL sound and dynamic vocal range of singer songwriter Steve Hartmann at Brandon Music on Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes back the compelling and enigmatic singer-songwriter, Steve Hartmann from Jericho. At the beginning of the year, Hartmann stunned the Brandon Music audience with his highly accomplished and unique sound. He is a polished guitarist with amazing vocals and engaging stage presence. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Hartmann majored in piano and double majored in stage performance and song writing. Born in Dalat, Vietnam towards the end of the Vietnam War, Hartmann was adopted at the age of 5 months. He struggled to find a sense of belonging until he found...

THEY’RE BACK AGAIN. Local favorite Gypsy Reel returns to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m.
Gypsy Reel returns to play high-energy music at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Always a firm favorite at Brandon Music this very popular group is known for creating major “electricity” when they perform live. A Celtic band that rocks, Gypsy Reel has spent the last two decades playing stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. They have “bags of originality” (Andy Cheyne, “Folk Roots”) and according to “The Message” in Chester, Vermont, is “the hottest acoustic band around.” Gypsy Reel are returning for their fifth show at Brandon Music...

KIMBERLY TOWNSEND WILL perform a solo show of her emotive and captivating songs at Brandon Music on Friday, Aug. 23.
BRANDON — Kimberly Townsend will bring her powerful voice and penetrating lyrics to Brandon Music on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. A relatively new artist, and definitely a rising star,  Townsend is already being hailed as “the real deal.” The New York City-based sing/songwriter’s lyric-driven, emotive songs captivate, challenge, inspire, and console. Her sound is a blend of folk, indie pop, and soul, often compared to Sara Bareilles, Trevor Hall and Brandi Carlile. Through a uniquely powerful songwriting lens and strong, expansive vocals, she offers an earthy, visceral, intimate spin on...

BILL SCORZARI WILL perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Bill Scorzari gave up his life as a preeminent New York trial attorney to follow his inner voice and become a full time musician. This singer-songwriter gives audiences a new kind of sound: one that’s gritty, lived-in, raw and sad. Hear for yourself on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Brandon Music, at 7:30 p.m. Scorzari first began playing a guitar when he was eight years old. By the age of 13, he had formed his first group and performed with friends in and around his home town. His musical tastes grew to be all-inclusive, as he explored different genres throughout his formative and college...

FIDDLER JAKE BRILLHART and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. This talented duo have toured extensively for the past six years performing Brillhart’s Cape Breton-influenced fiddle tunes and Smith’s finely crafted folk ballads. The result is a show that is both energetic and contemplative, and one that has captivated audiences from Iowa to Maine. Sarah Craig, at Caffe Lena calls Smith “a natural storyteller.” He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing...

BRANDON MUSIC WELCOMES rising star Cecilia Zabala of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, July 27, for a solo performance of her folkloric music.
BRANDON — Cecilia Zabala will take the stage at Brandon Music for the first time this Saturday, July 27. Zabala, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a rising star on the international music scene. Born in 1975, she began playing guitar at the age of 6, went on to study at Conservatory Alberto Ginastera and has since gone on to release 10 CDs under her own name, to teach full time at C.A.G. and the Leopoldo Marechal School of Art, and to tour extensively throughout South America, Europe and the United States, with great regularity since 2006. Zabala has been an active participant in the musical...

THE STEVEN KIRBY Quintet will bring their exciting, melodic and lyrical contemporary jazz to Brandon Music on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes back the Steven Kirby Jazz Quintet on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based group performs contemporary and mainstream jazz arranged and composed by Steven Kirby. Kirby plays guitar, Carl Clements plays flute and sax, John Funkhouser plays piano, Mike Connors plays drums and a special guest will perform bass. Kirby is known for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz.  His most recent album, “Illuminations” was an Editor's Pick earlier last year in the jazz publication Downbeat. He has appeared on over...

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