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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...

August:

Friday 29 ~ Pearly Jenkins and Lucky Strike, rockabilly, alt-country, 9pm, $10

Saturday 30 ~ Christo Graham, Casio-coustic/folk, 9pm, $8

September:

Friday 5 ~ Dana Beeler, 8pm, $5 suggested

Saturday 6 ~ Daniel Champagne, Australian roots, $10

Wednesday 10 ~ Brennan Leigh, Austin country-folk , 8pm, $15**

Friday 12 ~ Astrid Young, full band show! 9pm, $15 

Saturday 13 ~ Shirt Tearing Boys, folk band, 9pm, $10

Friday 19 ~ Shawna Caspi, singer-songwriter/finger-style guitar, Kristine St.-Pierre, folk singer-songwriter, 9pm, $10

Friday 26 ~ Noelle Andrews and Randy Frobel

Saturday 27 ~ Celtic Sea, cd release,  8pm, tip jar show

Sunday 28 ~ Open Mic hosted by Sarah Beatty, 3-6pm, tip jar

October:

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

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

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

Saturday 18 ~ Trevor Alguire, 9pm

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

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

Friday 31 ~ Phil Morotti and friends

November:

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

Thursday 6 ~ Ryan Cook

Friday 7 ~ Little Suns

Saturday 8 ~ Sean Rowe


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

Saturday 15 ~ Lynne Hanson

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

Saturday 22 ~ Buckledown

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

Friday 29 ~ Pearly Jenkins and Lucky Strike, 9pm, $10.  Pearly Jenkins 
Country/Rockabilly/Bluegrass music singer songwriter Pearly Jenkins performs new songs from upcoming album at an intimate concert at The Branch Restaurant
Friday august 29th - $10 cover
Enjoy an  intimate evening with Jenkins and his band (Lucky Strike - Clayton Yates and Jimmy Bowskill) with their unique blend of country/western/rockabilly/bluegrass/swamp music that resonates with music fans of all genres. Pearly will be featuring songs from his forthcoming album recorded at the Brantford Arts Block Studio by Producer Glen Marshall. 
Marshall has been working with Pearly on an album of tunes that the prolific songwriter had written in the past year. “If you’re looking for real Country music with heart and grit, look no further than Pearly Jenkins.

Who is Pearly Jenkins?

Well... if you ask his friend and musical Icon Fred Eaglesmith, this is what he says about Pearly Jenkins

"PEARLY JENKINS aka Paul O’Toole, comes out of Norfolk County, southern Ontario. Ironically, one of the bible belts of Ontario. He's  a guitar playing ex-rockabilly icon, playing for years in bands such as "The Kil'billys", "Kingspeed" and "Dangerous Stairs". He's got a deep growly voice and the hardscrabble stare of not enough sleep and too much substance. His friends call him "The Old One". He's danced with the National Ballet of Canada. He's been in Nashville. He's an award winning songwriter. He's been in rehab, back out again, back in trouble and back out again. He hasn't fit in. He hasn't fit in the way that artists don't fit in. He's been on the path of soul-searching and the quest for integrity and his own personal values. Pearly has left the rockabilly scene to pursue his first love of country music, quit the substance and quit the fast lane. He traded it all for his soul. Every time you hear Pearly Jenkins, that's what you hear - his soul. He bleeds all over the stage, the way any smoky lounge (country) singer bleeds when they sing. He invokes images of Haggard, Jennings and Cash. Willie P. Bennett or even Tom Wilson,. He is a great songwriter and has a knack for putting you in his world. He has a powerful, powerful voice and he can deliver a song in only the way true experience can.
 
 
Saturday 30 ~ Christo Graham, 9pm, $8.  Christo has been a Branch sensation for years now, as a star performer at any number of our Birthday Tributes or as just plain himself.  His style to date has ranged recently from the piano balladeer to the parodist and mimc who created an international viral sensation with his hit 'Muppet Christ Superstar' album... But before that it also ranged from Disney to Dylan in a weird amalgam across three solo records of original material which I’d call ‘indie folk’ but that he has, in the past, called 'Casio-coustic'  and even just 'folk.'  The important note here is that across all these styles, Christo has not let us down yet…Christo, aka, ‘our little secret,’ is a bona fide, real deal, no kidding, up and coming world class talent.  He is young, 20, yet he has produced at least 5 or 6 full length albums of his own, plus a couple of eps and Christmas records; he is a filmmaker; and an actor (check out this Arkells video), he plays any instrument that is put in his hands; he is likely in possession of perfect pitch (as near as I can tell) and, well, he’s also a pretty sweet dude. Christo grew up here in Bishop’s Mills the youngest son in a musical family that, by my reckoning, has produced more music in two generations than most can boast in a dozen.  Most of you around here have probably already seen him or Tom and Jeanne (his folks), Lee, Theo or Carey (his brothers) or even his little sister Theresa by this point and have already to come to these conclusions yourself... So, the point?  He's playing this Saturday.  At the Branch.  You are coming, right?  
 

Sunday 31 ~ Rubber Boots Buffet, 2-8pm and Open Mic 3-6pm. THIS WEEK the open mic is hosted by Amanda Giles... 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…