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A little bit Austin; a little bit Kemptville, a lot of a good time!

Enjoy some of the best live music, well, anywhere at the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill. Come on out and be entertained with tunes & songs, to listen close or to sing along at one of our popular open mic or Birthday Tribute events: it all sounds as good as the real Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, Cajun or Southern food favourites tastes... Our entertainment line up ranges from local talent to some big name headliners...watch this page to see what's coming up!

 

Calendar:

PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT (613-258-3737) TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT/TICKET.    Folks who come in for dinner will be given priority for seating and tables...

October:

Thursday 2 ~ Justin Rutledge, 8:30pm $15 adv./$20 DOS**

Friday 3 ~ Jeremy Fisher, 9pm, $20+hst**

Saturday 4 ~ Trevor Alguire, 9pm, $15

Sunday 5 ~ Open Mic hosted by Greg Kelly, 3-6pm, no cover

Friday 10 ~ Billy Macinnis Trio (East Coast Fiddle Music--played with Stompin' Tom!) 9pm, $10

Saturday 11 ~ Christa Couture and Hillary Grist, 9pm, $15

Sunday 12 ~ RESTAURANT CLOSED for Thanksgiving; join us at the Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers' Market for FREE hot turkey sandwiches (and/or 'pay what you can, pay with a can' donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank accepted) 

Saturday 18 ~ Mally Krock and Peter Johnson, 8pm, $5 suggested

Sunday 19 ~ Chef Bruce's Loose and Juicy Acoustic Jam, 3-6pm, everyone welcome!

Friday 24 ~ Meaghan Blanchard, 9pm, $10**

Saturday 25 ~ Kim Koren, singer-songwriter, 9pm, $5

Sunday 26 ~ The Celtic Knights with special guests Steve Cater and Ellen Daly, 3-6pm, to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank

Friday 31 ~ Phil Morotti and Friends Halloween Party

November:

Saturday 1 ~ 8th Anniversary Party! Frank & Birdie! Free Stuff!

Thursday 6 ~ Ryan Cook

Friday 7 ~ Little Suns, 9pm, $10

Friday 14 ~ Gathering Sparks, folk group, 9pm, $10

Saturday 15 ~ Lynne Hanson, cd release

Friday 21 ~ Dom DeLuca, 8pm, $5 suggested

December:

Saturday 6 ~ Buckledown

Wednesday 31 ~ NYE featuring Sin and Swoon

bolded artists are on tour from outside our region
**advance tickets strongly recommended

Thursday 2 ~ Justin Rutledge, 8:30pm, $15/adv. $20 DOS.  “At the mouth of the open sea, there are three ships on the horizon - one of them is on fire. Black plumes of smoke rise from its charring masts like a mountain’s shadow across the dawn. Perhaps those on board are tossing their lean prayers to the wind like holy matchsticks before thrusting their bodies overboard into the furiously silent ocean.” –justinrutledge.com

It’s obvious that 2014 JUNO-winner Justin Rutledge is a man of musical mystery. Dubbed as an alt-country performer, his enchanting yet brooding tones and soundscapes often crescendo into something quite atmospheric and ethereal, almost placing him in a genre-less space. But when it comes to the words, Rutledge knows how to mold and shape his lyrics into something quite literary, as plotlines and characters often emerge from the pages of his songs. The former U of T English major is never afraid to stay in a groove, but he is just as willing to try something new. Such is the case with his newest record ‘Daredevil’. 

‘Daredevil’ is Rutledge’s own interpretation and original spin around some deep cuts of the iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. After releasing the record during two intimate shows at the Rivoli in Toronto on June 13th and 14th, some high praise was sent his way from acclaimed author Joseph Boyden: “I was stunned by the beauty of this album. Rutledge has taken already gorgeous songs and spun them into his very own haunting tapestries.”

With five albums already in tow, Daredevil is lucky number six for Rutledge, as the hard-working melody creator doesn’t seem to be slowing his pace anytime soon.

The multi-award nominated and toting Rutledge will take the warm, rustic stage at the Branch in Kemptville for a one-night only, intimate show on Thursday October 2nd at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 613-258-3737 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for tickets and reservations.

Friday 3 ~ Jeremy Fisher w/sg Andrew Vincent, 9pm, $20. Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter.

An ode to the glory of the record as a whole, the sophistication of Mint Juleps is in its inherent simplicity. Recorded live off the studio floor, this decidedly unembellished method of capturing the songs was a challenge for Fisher, but it was also a liberating experience.

In between the interpretations of songs by the likes of Greg Brown, Jean Leloup, and Lowest of the Low are a mélange of songs penned by Fisher that capture him at his absolute finest.

"Built To Last" is a catchy parable of taking care of oneself and the world at large by embracing a simple kind of life. It's a pointed message for the current political landscape set to an irresistible toe-tapping melody.

The trademark whimsy and wit of Fisher's lyricism drives songs like "Tetris Song" where he creates perhaps his sweetest love song yet through the not-so-obviously romantic metaphor of a mathematic equation.

Then again, Jeremy Fisher has never really been one to build his career by travelling down the most obvious - or easiest - paths. His commitment to touring by bike is a case in point.

Since 1998 he has completed the journey across North America an astonishing three time, and in 2010 he launched a unique tour of the west coast called The Malahat Revue with fellow artists Said the Whale, Hannah Georgas, and Aidan Knight. Together, they travelled by bike with gear in tow, and pedaled roughly 500km across British Columbia.

That sort of DIY attitude that infuses Fisher's touring ethos replicates itself in the strong visual component of his music. Having become renowned for his hand-crafted music videos, he has produced animated works for artists including Adam Cohen, Hannah Georgas, Xavier Rudd, and Hawksley Workman.

Call him a renaissance man, or even a modern-day folk hero. Whatever you call him, it's clear that Jeremy Fisher is bringing back the nearly forgotten art of making a great record from start to finish, and forging a career path that is built to endure.

Saturday 4 ~ Trevor Alguire, 9pm, $15.  Miles Away is the highly anticipated new album from Trevor Alguire. Recorded at Metropolitan Studio in Ottawa, Ontario, Alguire brought together a band of longtime friends and established musicians, to craft eleven new songs that now make up this powerful 5th album.

With Music News Nashville touting “Alguire has depth and breadth found in few artists on the current music scene” one can’t but notice the worldwide respect he is gaining as a powerful introspective lyricist with TC Magazine labeling Alguire as “one of Canada’s finest singer/songwriters with well crafted lyrics and a voice that knows how to deliver them”.

Hailing from small town Ontario in the Ottawa Valley Alguire first drew attention in 2006 with the release of the album As of Yesterday. The album was critically acclaimed in the press with frequent comparisons to artists such as Steve Earl, Tom Petty, Blue Rodeo & Uncle Tupelo. As of Yesterday’s release landed Alguire his first record deal alongside fellow songwriters such as Steve Earle and Buddy Miller which indicates the depth of his musicianship.

Alguire has since gone worldwide with consistent radio play across North America, Europe, and Australia. Two of Alguire’s songs have since been released on Blue Rose Records compilations alongside Gurf Morlix, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam. He opened for Martha Wainwright at Ottawa Bluesfest, performed a much coveted showcase at the Contact East Conference and, more recently, opened for Jimmy Rankin as part of this year’s Juno awards.

With deep paths now worn in the dirt worldwide from relentless touring Alguire intends to continue to travel back down those paths endlessly “telling tales of life on the road, his words painting pictures of his country and its people”. He is a great story teller with empathy and emotional depth matched by a warm, sonorous and strong voice, reminiscent of Richard Buckner, Tim Easton and Michael Hall.”  – Blue Rose Records

Sunday 21 ~ Rubber Boots Buffet, 2-8pm and Open Mic hosted by Greg Kelly, 3-6pm. For those who are new to the clan, the Sunday Open Mic/Rubber Boots Buffet is a family friendly, fun, community day that welcomes musicians of all skill levels. We mix up the music schedule a bit with guest hosts like Greg Kelly and the Ukulele Kemptville Experience (UKE), and occasional 'Birthday Tribute' events, where participants are encouraged to play songs by an artist whose birthday is on or near the Sunday in question; While all that happens, the Rubber Boots Buffet is being served... it is an all day, all you can eat comfort food extravaganza (other menus such as pub grub, kids and a dessert menu are also available) and the whole day is a place where you can meet your neighbours, come in for a beer or a pot of tea, stay for a bowl of homemade soup and a song or two and leave with, well, a whole new batch of friends. Everyone is welcome—and yes, that means you! We’d love to see you this Sunday…