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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...

November:

Thursday 27 ~ LeE HARVeY OsMOND, roots, 8:30pm, $45+hst***

Friday 28 ~ Kate Weekes and Grant Simpson, swing/folk, 9pm, $10

Saturday 29 ~ Geoff 'Gunner &' Smith and Twin Voices, indie/folk, 9pm, $10

December:

Friday 5 ~ Ben Kunder, singer-songwriter, 9pm, $7

Saturday 6 ~ Buckledown, New Country, 9pm, $10

Sunday 7 ~ Open Mic hosted by Bella Borealis, 3-6pm

Friday 15 ~ Terry Gillespie with Lyndell Montgomery, roots/blues, 9pm, $10

Friday 19 ~ Christo Graham, indie-folk, 9pm, $8

Sunday 21 ~ Christmas Carol Sing-along and food drive and fundraiser for the Sally Anne, 2-8pm 'pay what you can, pay with a can' 

CLOSED DECEMBER 22-26, We apologize for any inconvenience

Saturday 27 ~ John Carroll, roots/blues, 9pm, $10

Wednesday 31 ~ NYE featuring Sin and Swoon*** Reserve Now:  ticket includes the music, a 5-course dinner paired with local wines, champagne toast at midnight, $85/person (always sells out, don't procrastinate!)

January: 

Thursday 1 ~ Hair Of The Dog Open Stage, 8th annual! Rubber Boots Buffet, 2-8  

CLOSED JANUARY 2-6, we apologize for any inconvenience

Friday 9 ~ GT and The Earthtones, roots, 9pm, $7

Saturday 10 ~ Please Spring!  

Thursday 15 ~ E.B. Anderson and Chris 'Mojo' Martin, 8pm, tip jar show

Friday 16 ~ Zach Lucky, 9pm

Saturday 17 ~ The Steamers, 9pm, $5

Friday 23 ~ David Dino White, 9pm, $10

Saturday 24 ~ The Slow Century (Aedan Helmer, Ben Mullin of Barn) w/sg Steve Gaw, 9pm, $5 

Friday 30 ~ Steve Judd, 9pm, $10


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

February:

Friday 20 ~ Levi Cuss, 9pm, tip jar

Saturday 21 ~ The Marrieds

Friday 27 ~ Ron Leary

Saturday 28 ~ Bryce Jardine, 9pm, $8

March:

Friday 6 ~ Tom Savage, 9pm, $10


Saturday 7 ~ Ross Nielson

Friday 13 ~ Cory Coons

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

Saturday 21 ~ Hannah Shirah Naiman

April:


Friday 4 ~ County Road 5

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

May:

Saturday 16 ~ Bay, Black and Roan

Friday 29 ~ WinnieBrave

June:

Friday 20 ~ Sweet Alibi

 

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

Music This Week:

Thursday 27 ~ LeE HARVeY OsMOND, roots/'acid folk', 9pm, $45+hst.  We are very excited to announce one of our biggest musical events to date; LeE HARVeY OsMOND!  The show is on Thursday, November 27th at 8:30pm, tickets are $45+hst, and advance tickets are required for this show.

If you are unfamiliar with Tom Wilson (the creative force behind LHO), he is a veteran of the Canadian music scene and has been a writer and performer for many years. Wilson's eclectic musical style has ranged from the psychobilly/ R&B sounds of The Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse.  LeE HARVeY OsMOND is his most recent project, a collaborative effort with members of The Cowboy Junkies and The Skydiggers. FYI: this show is, as of this writing, ALMOST SOLD OUT. (as in, less than 6 seats left…)

Friday 28 ~ Kate Weekes and Grant Simpson, Yukon folk, 9pm, $10. Grant Simpson is a well-seasoned pro, he's been at it for over 30 years starting out by studying classical piano and guitar in his teens, (it's obvious that he really knows his way around his instruments) and nowadays leaning more towards traditional jazz (stride piano), blues and folk--he brings that upbeat style to some fun, crafty and swingin' originals, most recently on a duo record 'Beneath the Yukon Moon' with another talented musician who also happens to have some local pedigree: Kate Weekes comes by her musical chops naturally, born into a Perth area musical family, she hitchhiked across Canada in her teens and landed in the Yukon, where she has apparently also become fairly well known as a dog musher... I'm from Texas, so I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I presume it's a good thing, since folks seem to be pretty pleased about it... the point is, they are both a couple of those travelling, picking (banjo and guitar), plinking, (piano-ing?) singing, song-writing characters that always, eventually seem to find their way to the Branch at some point and we couldn't be more pleased to host them this Friday; Nicole and I booked them within a few minutes of watching this video linked below a few years ago and I expect you'll book a spot for yourself once you do the same:  Here’s a taste of their biography: 

“Yukon-based Simpson and Weekes have spent the past few years building a repertoire that blends folk and swing as they toured together in B.C., performed at the 2010 Nanjing International Jazz Festival in China and will head out in November, 2011 on their third tour of the Canadian prairies. 
 
Discography from this duo includes Simpson’s solo piano cd “Stride & True”(2004) and “Born 40 Years Too Late” with New Orleans North(2006).  Weekes released her self-titled album in 2007 which made her the recipient of the Mac Beattie award for songs dubbed ‘quintessentially Canadian’.  She released an album of northern fiddle tunes with Yukon band Home Sweet Home in 2011.”
 
watch the video here!
 
Saturday 29 ~  Gunner & Smith/Twin Voices (Laura Beach), indie-folk, 9pm, $10: Gunner & Smith officially began as a project in 2010 started by Geoff Smith, a folk artist from Saskatoon, SK. The project has since developed into a six-piece band that, “carry a full, hard-hitting sound that is both expansive and lush” (Chris Morin, Ominocity), but has also maintained the simplicity of a singer-songwriter, as Smith often performs alone allowing his, “careful approach to songcraft” (Jeanette Stewart, The StarPhoenix) to be displayed in a more intimate manner.
Gunner & Smith released a six song EP, Compromise is a Loaded Gun in August 2012 and two new singles in April of 2013. Gunner & Smith has shared the stage with artists such as The Deep Dark Woods, Del Barber, Mike Edel, Jordan Klassen, Nick Everett, Owls by Nature, Picture the Ocean and many more.

This Saturday, Geoff will be sharing the stage with hometown talent Laura Beach, aka ‘Twin Voices’, “Twin Voices is an indie folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Lead member Laura Beach crafts a dark and lovely sound with imagery that draws on a life well-lived between small towns and cityscapes. Live-looping of violin, voice and guitar make for a performance that is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity.”

Sunday 30 ~ Open Mic, 3-6pm, no cover, Rubber Boots Buffet 2-8pm, $14.99.  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 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… 

Coming Up:

Friday, December 12 ~ Terry Gillespie and Lyndell Montgomery, roots/blues, 9pm, $10. TERRY GILLESPIE  - "Canada's King Of Roots Blues"  - from Vankleek Hill, Ontario is knockin’ ‘em dead with his new CD “Bluesoul”. 

“Typically, the average life of a record today is 4 months, looking back on the promotion for “Bluesoul” the radio portion of the promotion has lasted for a period of 8 months, that is twice the average life of a release in today’s market place commencing November 2013 and ending June 2014, the press/reviews aspect of “Bluesoul” which continued to garner reviews up to September 2014 for a period of 11 months. Almost 3 times the norm. Needless to say, I can comfortably say that the promotion for “Bluesoul” was a success, actually beyond my expectations.” Frank Rozak Radio Promotions, California, USA 

TERRY GILLESPIE is known for his love of rhythm, musical intensity and soulful voice. He is considered a forefather of the cultural dissemination of American music into Canada.  The highly regarded critic Tim Holek has called him "Canada’s King of Roots Music".  From the beginning of Gillespie’s foray in to the music industry he was never interested in being a pop star. He just wanted to play music. His goal was to get inside the music he loved, to learn the notes and nuances of the songs. Gillespie wanted to be able to deconstruct the complexities of jazz, blues and African music in order to bring it to people and allow the listener to also get inside the music and be lost among each note, each phrase, each groove and each lyric. He has been called a musical Shaman and Mr.Groove for good reason - his live performances are fascinating, entertaining and captivating.  He is both charismatic and soulful. His guitar is tasteful and his vocals beautifully phrased. Dec. 12th at The Branch Restaurant he will be joined by LYNDELL MONTGOMERY on bass and fiddle.  “Terry Gillespie with Lyndell Montgomery is spectacular." Chris White, co-founder & AD 1994-2009 Ottawa Folk Festival 

John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network, CANADA 
“"..one hell of a good album, 5*****... highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed”

Doug Spike, Blue Monday Monthly, USA 
“Bluesoul belongs in every blues lover’s collection”

Joachim “Joe” Brookes for RockTimes Magazine, GERMANY
“..excellent originality… intricate rhythms from blues to jazz to boogie-woogie to rock and roll fusion”

Graham Clarke for of Blues Bytes USA
“..versatile blues and roots from a seasoned vet who should be a lot better known than he is beyond the Canadian border”