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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...

January: 

Winter weeknight music is back!  Wednesdays come out to hear Chef Bruce and Friends at 8pm; Most Thursdays enjoy the instrumental slide guitar of the legendary Frank Western... 


Friday 23 ~ David Dino White & Shawna Caspi, folk/singer-songwriter,9pm, tip jar show, $10 suggested.

Saturday 24 ~ The Slow Century, featuring Aedan Helmer and Ben Mullin of Barn/ Steve Gaw opens, alt rock revue, 9pm, $5

Sunday 25 ~ Open Mic hosted by Peter Johnson,3-6pm

Thursday 29 ~ The Man of 1,000 Songs, RON HYNES!  John Carroll Opens, 8pm, $25***

Friday 30 ~ Steve Judd and The Underdogs, indie pop, 9pm, $10

Saturday 31 ~ Eddy and the Stingrays, covers, 9pm, $20***

February:

Friday 6 ~ Low Country Hill, indie-folk, 9pm, $8

Saturday 7 ~ Pie Plates, bluegrass, 9pm, $6

Saturday 14 ~ Don Reid, Jazz piano, with dinner (special Valentines menu)

Friday 27 ~ Ron Leary w/ John Carroll, 9pm, $10

Saturday 28 ~ Bryce Jardine, 9pm, $8

March:

Friday 6 ~ Tom Savage,9pm, $10


Saturday 7 ~ Ross Nielson, 9pm, $10

Friday 13 ~ Cory Coons,9pm, $10

Saturday 14 ~ Lost for Words

Friday 20 ~ Dave Gunning, 9pm, $22.50***

Saturday 21 ~ Hannah Shirah Naiman

Friday 27 ~ Ginger St. James, 9pm, $10

Saturday 28 ~ The Marrieds

April:

Friday 3 ~ Charlie Sohmer, Fred Guignon, 8pm, $10

Saturday 4 ~ County Road 5, bluegrass, 8:30pm, $10

Friday 10 ~ Carol Goodman, a tribute to Joni Mitchell

Saturday 11 ~ Slocan Ramblers, 9pm, $25***


Friday 17 ~ Ali McCormick

Saturday 18 ~ Mayhemingways

Friday 24 ~ Chris McClean

Saturday 25 ~ Astrid Young

May:

Friday 15 ~ Jesse Parent, 8pm, tip jar

Saturday 16 ~ Bay, Black and Roan, 9pm

Thursday 28 ~ J.P. Cormier

Friday 29 ~ WinnieBrave, tip jar

June:

Friday 12 ~ Craig Cardiff, 9pm, $20***

Saturday 20 ~ Sweet Alibi***

 

 

Music This Week: 

Weeknight Music is back this winter-- Chef Bruce and friends (hey, that's me!) will be playing every Wednesday for a while, 8pm start... Here's some samples from the new album: link   Wednesdays will be tip jar shows, and on most Thursdays (next Thursday is the return of Ron Hynes, advance tickets are required for that one!) ...come in to hear the dulcet tones of our dear friend, the mysterious Frank Western and his amazing collection of resonator, slide and lap steel guitars (starting this Thursday, January 22...) 

Friday 23 ~ David Dino White and Shawna Caspi, 9pm, tip jar show, $10 suggested.  Come out for some carbonated beverages and incredible original music from some of Ontario's finest up and coming artists! Fall in love with the silky smooth vocals of Shawna Caspi and enjoy David Dino White performing new songs from his upcoming album 'Alone Together' as well as some of your favorite classic covers!

Check out David's music and support his Indiegogo Campaign by visiting here: www.daviddinowhite.com

Get a taste of Shawna Caspi here: http://www.shawnacaspi.com/music/apartments-for-lovers-2014/

Doors at 9pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN (at the door OR in the hat)

Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, David's ability to harness his guitar's full potential as a trans-genre instrument is what defines his unique and haunting style. As melodic as it is unpredictable, his inspirations run the gamet from metal to folk to flamenco and back again. A pioneer of his own true style, David has been developing his craft through years of playing in bands (most recently with CBC Searchlight Regional Champion Cole Fournier) and working as a multi-instrumentalist on various other local projects, both in and out of the studio. David recorded his first full length album with Juno Nominated producer Ben Leggett this past fall and is excited to be touring this January in an effort to raise the necessary funds to print and press vinyl copies in time for it's March 2015 release! To become a part of the project or pre-order your own copy of the album please visit www.daviddinowhite.com.

Saturday 24 ~ The Slow Century, alt-rock revue featuring members of Barn, Steve Gaw opens, 9pm, $5.  The Slow Century presents an alt-rock revue, performing unplucked gems spanning six decades – the songs you should hear more often from the artists you should already know.

Formed by three journalists in the summer of 2012, Aedan Helmer, Doug Hempstead and Tony Spears were joined by Ben Mullin -- the concept quickly becoming a cover band with an original spin – storytellers by trade telling stories in song.
The show is carefully arranged with songs that tell great stories, and in turn forms a larger arc that unfolds through the evening.

Our character's story begins with tales of misadventure as imagined by the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band and Lou Reed. We skip ahead, telling how we got from there to here, through renderings of Radiohead, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips and Broken Social Scene -- songs drawn from deep on album sides, rather than hit singles. Songs seldom heard live in small settings, with all four members sharing lead and harmony vocals over the classic rock combo of guitar, bass, keys and drums.

Sunday 25 ~ Open Mic hosted by Peter Johnson, 3-6pm, open 2-8pm, CHANGES ARE AFOOT!  PLEASE READ FOR DETAILS!  For those of you new to the Branch, Sundays are our 'Rubber Boots', or, our 'casual' day... On the food front, things have changed a little this January, instead the full buffet we are offering a smaller version with a selection of soups and salads, all you can eat, for just $9.99. We are also now offering our popular BBQ Bonanza Special all afternoon and evening--here's how that works: for just $15.99, you can choose between 1/2 lb. of our signature house-smoked BBQ beef brisket or 2 chicken legs (or, special this week; 1/2 lb. house-smoked pork spare ribs!), or any combination of the above, it comes with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce and, if you try the BBQ, the soup and salad buffet is only $4.99!  We are also offering a pared down version of our regular menu as well as a kid's menu & a selection of our house-made desserts!  In the same way that the open mic welcomes all types of musicians, the atmosphere is casual and fun and welcomes all types of everyone, whether you come to listen or to perform; it's a great day to meet new folks, come in for a $6 Beau's on draft (or two!) a pot of tea, some munchies and BBQ, make some friends, enjoy your downtown on a Sunday afternoon.  We'd love to see you this Sunday!  Did I mention the ribs?  This week the Open Mic is hosted by Peter Johnson, 

This Sunday is the 25th day of the 1st month. This calls for two or three celebrations: the first being my youngest daughter's birthday...she's not young anymore, and Robbie Burns' birthday; who isn't young, either. Had he stayed well a bit longer, he would have reached the ripe old age of 256.

Unofficially Scotland's poet laureate---he penned such jems as:

"Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!: (To A Mouse)

I will affect my best Gael for the occasion (my mother was a proud member of the ancient Grahams) and we will attempt a few of those great bagpipe tunes---Amazing Grace and the other one.

Kemptville is home to an ever-increasing number of talented musicians. The Branch is their preference for live entertainment venues in the area. Bring your dancing shoes and singing voices, as a good time is planned for all.

We look forward to seeing you then.


Coming up:

Thursday 29 ~ Ron Hynes, 9pm, $25.  Ron Hynes is one of Canada's premier singer-songwriters -- in fact "the best" according to the likes of Billboard magazine's Larry Leblanc and Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle. He's been writing award-winning songs for more than 40 years and has been dubbed "Man of a Thousand Songs" -- a titled shared by a feature-length documentary about him.

Known around the world for his folk classic Sonny's Dream, Hynes's tunes have been covered by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, John McDermott, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, Prairie Oyster, Great Big Sea and many more. His talents have been recognized by organizations like the East Coast Music Awards (six-time winner), the Genies, the Junos, Canadian Country Music Awards and the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Hynes is also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. John's Folk Arts Council, and he garnered the Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Memorial University bestowed Hynes with an honorary PhD for his "songwriting and contribution to the cultural life of his beloved home province of Newfoundland."

Hynes's career started on the coffee house circuit in the early '70s. He went on to become a founding member of the Wonderful Grand Band, a musical comedy troupe that was featured on CBC-TV and toured the country for its six-year history. Hynes also began to moonlight as an actor and has performed the role of Hank Williams onstage in Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave. He also appeared in CBC-TV roles and in the independent film A Secret Nation.

Yet for all of his achievements, Hynes has also had his low points: the late nights and touring cost him his marriage; he experienced a near death and eventual recovery from drug addiction; and he recently battled throat cancer. If his songs are powerful, it is because Hynes writes from experience and resiliency. He's been there.

Fortunately, Hynes's cancer is in remission and he returned to the stage in the fall of 2013 including a tour with Stewart McLean and The Vinyl Cafe'

Rons health continues to improve, his energy is at at an all time high as well as his outlook on the future with
A New Manager a New Book being released simply titled "My Name is Nobody" the love of a beautiful Woman - "Life is Truly Grand" for The Man of a Thousand Songs.

Friday, March 20 ~ Dave Gunning, 9pm, $22.50. An engaging entertainer and award-winning songwriter, Dave has the magnetic ability to captivate audiences with his own brand of humorous storytelling and is rapidly building a solid audience fan base across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. 
Dave has won many awards with his 10thalbum, “No More Pennies”, winning the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Solo Recoding Of The Year and the Music Nova Scotia Award for Folk Recording Of The Year. Songs from that album include “These Hands” which won awards for Songwriter Of The Year and Song Of The Year at the 2014 ECMAs plus “A Game Going On” which won the CBC Hockey Night Song Quest Competition.

www.davegunning.com,
www.facebook.com/davegunning,
www.twitter.com/dave_gunning