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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!



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...


Winter weeknight music is back!  Wednesdays come out to hear Chef Bruce and Friends at 8pmMost Thursdays enjoy the instrumental slide guitar of the mysterious and legendary Frank Western... (NO FW THIS THURSDAY) Tip jar shows.

Friday 6 ~ Tom Savage, singer-songwriter, 9pm, $10

Saturday 7 ~ Ross Neilson, blues, 9pm, $10

Sunday 8 ~ Open Mic hosted by Peter Johnson, 3-6pm

Friday 13 ~ Cory Coons, rock singer-songwriter, 9pm, $10

Saturday 14 ~ Lost for Words, folk group, 9pm, $7

Sunday 15 ~ St. Patrick's Day Party with Fiddlehead Soup, world fiddle music, 3-6pm, no cover

Thursday 19 ~ Jonathan Byrd, singer-songwriter, 9pm, $20***

Friday 20 ~ Dave Gunning, singer-songwriter, 9pm, $22.50***

Saturday 21 ~ Hannah Shirah Naiman, old-time/Appalachian,8pm, $5 suggested

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

Saturday 28 ~ The Marrieds, folk duo,9pm, $10


Friday 3 ~ Charlie Sohmer, Fred Guignon, folk/singer-songwriter, 8pm, $10

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

Friday 10 ~ Carol Goodman, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, 9pm, $10

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

Thursday 16 ~ Jon Brooks, 8pm, $20***

Friday 17 ~ Ali McCormick, Dom DeLuca & Rae Corcoran, 8pm, tip jar show

Saturday 18 ~ Mayhemingways, roots rock, 9pm, $7

Friday 24 ~ Chris MacLean, folk, 9pm, $15

Saturday 25 ~ Astrid Young and Friends, folk, 9pm, $15***


Friday 1 ~ Ken Tizzard Trio, 9pm, $12.50

Saturday 2 ~ Mike Edel + Towers and Trees, 9pm, $10

Friday 8 ~ Ariana Gillis, 9pm, $15***

Saturday 9 ~ Buckledown, 9pm, $12

Friday 15 ~ Jesse Parent, 8pm, tip jar

Saturday 16 ~ Bay, Black and Roan, 9pm, $10

Friday 22 ~ Annie Sumi, 9pm, $7

Thursday 28 ~ J.P. Cormier, 8pm, $25***

Friday 29 ~ WinnieBrave, tip jar

Saturday 30 ~ Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom, 9pm, $6


Friday 5 ~ Sleepwalk Plaza

Saturday 6 ~ Bella Borealis, cd release show

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

Saturday 13 ~ EB Anderson, 9pm

Friday 19 ~ Keith Glass Trio

Saturday 20 ~ Sweet Alibi, 9pm, $15***

Friday 26 ~ Carolyn Mark


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 (upcoming) album: link. We will also be sprinkling in some George Harrison numbers this week in honour of his Birthday! On most Thursdays; come in to hear the dulcet tones of our dear friend, the mysterious Frank Western (NOT THIS WEEK) and his amazing collection of resonator, slide and lap steel guitars.  Wednesdays and Thursdays (unless otherwise indicated) are tip jar shows.

Friday 6 ~ Tom Savage, 9pm, $10. Tom Savage is taking his show on the road, and this time it is he alone, acoustic guitar in hand, bare-bones and stripped down. His accompaniment : the space around him and the silence he allows with each rest in the music. The focus is on the lyrics but don't fret, Tom always has some guitar wizardry tucked up his sleeve.

It has been eight years since Tom Savage last put out a solo studio recording. An artist who follows where the muse takes him, Savage spent much of the last decade rolling down Canadian highways with his rock and roll trio, playing it loud and proud, and producing a Country-Rock cult classic in the process with Tom Savage Trio's 2008 release, The County Line.

History Of A Common Man continues Savage's exploration of Folk, Country, and Americana genres. From the teenaged lament of Skinny Kid to the under-medicated psychotic ramblings of Take The Wheel And I'll Steer, over to the road-weary musician in Rougher On Me and the tear-drenched Country of All Over You, History Of A Common Man finds its stories in people who live on the margins. Outsiders looking for their place in the world. 

Saturday 7 ~ Ross Neilson, 9pm, $10.  Canada’s Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Seven Years, over 1200 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Neilsen's solo show has been honoured as a semi-finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012  and with a at MusicNB award in 2013 for best blues recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS. Shack Up was recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi just a mile from the legendary crossroads. The album is full of delta style blues, tall tales and the odd ghost. Ross Neilsen is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

Sunday 8 ~ Open Mic hosted by Peter Johnson, 3-6pm, open 2-8pm.  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 year, 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 a 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's Open Mic is hosted by Peter Johnson, who has this to say: 

"This Week in Rock Music: March 2nd to 8th

1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets begin their first and only UK tour.

1963: A "Limbo Party" at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, hosted by Chubby Checker, features Marvin Gaye, The Four Seasons, The Crystals, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Lou Christie.

1964: The Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night". George Harrison meets teenage actress Pattie Boyd. They would marry 2 years later.

1966: Beatles fans stage a sit-in at Liverpool's Cavern Club when it closes due to bankruptcy.

1967: When Eric Burdon & the "New" Animals cancel their Ottawa, gig due to a pay dispute, fans at the Ottawa Auditorium riot.

1974: Queen begin their first tour as headliners with a show at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

This week I will be hosting The Sunday Open Stage at The Branch. Bring your love of live music, your thirst, your appetite and your listening ears. We don't promise a limbo party but you will be welcome to tap your feet...stomp even, clap your hands...vigorously if you wish, and sing along. See you then."

Coming up:

Thursday, March 19 ~ Jonathan Byrd, 9pm, $20. “On Friday the 13th, November 1970, I was born at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina, probably the biggest military town in the country. Fort Bragg alone covers 250 square miles, and the used car dealerships and titty bars are like stars in the sky, grains of sand on the beach. The ground is sandy and the woods are open and piney, with tall loblollies, jack oaks, and the longleaf pine.”

  • Jonathan Byrd

If there ever was a songwriter that personified the term ‘True Grit’, Jonathan Byrd is that very man.
With one of the most storied, dark and interesting pasts of any living performer, Byrd is a wordsmith – and a true, sawdust-on-the-floor Southern man. He pulls no punches in his lyrics, as his words paint pictures of a stark, American landscape, and his juggernaut, plucky melodies are unstoppable. Only in his forties, Byrd sounds like a performer from another time, and perhaps the golden age of roots-country music - but he is also no stranger to adapting his style and shouldering new musical challenges.
In 2014, he released a collection of songs called You Can’t Outrun The Radio. The recordings were inspired by an impromptu song circle that happened out of thin air, at the Green Room in Montreal in 2009. In 2013, Byrd released Barn Birds with Northwesterner songstress Chris Kokesh. The album was a concept record about an ongoing, passionate and difficult conversation between two lovers.
With nine full albums since 2001, Byrd has been a busy man, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing his musical movements any time soon. Smart, witty and packed with harmonious tales, Byrd’s performances never cease to satisfy the listener, and this well-traveled, rugged rail-rider of the Southland will be stopping by the Branch on Thursday Marcy 19 at 9 PM. Tickets are $20 - and trust me when I say that this may be the best twenty bucks you’ll spend all year.
As always, space is limited, so be sure to call 613-258-3737 today to reserve your spot when JByrd flies into town.
(written by Matty McKechnie)
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 10th album, “No More Pennies”, winning the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Solo Recording 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.

Thursday, April 16 ~ Jon Brooks, 9pm, $20. “I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts. I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” -- Jon Brooks

It was in 1997, at 28 years old, and at the end of a year of travelling throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina – it was during this time Jon discovered what kind of song he wanted to write. In 2006 he began singing that song. In 2014 Borealis Records released his 5th album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside. Jon is Kerrville New Folk Winner and a three-time “Songwriter of the Year” nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside crashes the folk/roots party in late 2014 with a death count of 75. It’s an album of rural Canadian murder ballads and was recorded in Toronto by well-awarded and oft-acclaimed producer/engineer, David Travers-Smith. Jon’s 5th full length release is an intrepid solo set that defies categorization and resists any ‘folk,’ ‘singer-songwriter,’ or ‘solo acoustic’ description. Equal parts local Canadiana and universal horror, this is a collection that has buried all the trademark Jon Brooks social commentary in a shallow, roadside grave. Philosophical paradox, gallows humour, impossible love, titillating gore, adulterous sex, serial killers, gun dealers, rampage killing, missing women, First Nations catastrophe, necrophilia, Shakespeare, and John Milton: The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside is neither an album for casual fans nor is it music that will ever be heard in your dentist’s waiting room. Why record such a violent set of songs? In Jon’s words, “because: a) I wanted to write an album from which nobody indifferently escapes, an album that can only be loved or hated; b) if courage is a muscle, it needs to be exercised with a healthy dose of fear today; and c) I’ve already done four albums that inspire: it’s now time to offend.”


“(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.” - Rod Kennedy, Founder and Producer of The Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX

“Brooks stands among an exalted few in the enduring Canadian song tradition – Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Fred Eaglesmith, Bruce Cockburn – as a lyricist, composer and performer with a fierce commitment to his craft and his vision.” - Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

“He is by turns metaphorical and metaphysical; at times he examines the small details of life, at others, he soars above human struggles seeking something higher; his gritty voice is infinitely kind and gentle. Mature, wise, and intrepid – somehow Jon Brooks sings a path to the mysterious and complex essence of the human condition.” - Julie Miller, CFLX 95,5 Sherbrooke, PQ

“Political songwriting’ is all too often assumed to be shouty simplistic protest, and all too often it is and therefore tends to be ignored…Brooks knows this and his songs are songs first and messages second…a powerful and at times brutally clear-sighted vision armed only with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica, and a gritty ragged voice…Brooks is a star in the making.” – Maverick Magazine, UK

May 8 ~ Ariana Gillis, 9pm, $15. She's back!  Book ahead for what is sure to be a fantastic show...

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