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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...

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

Saturday 20 ~ John Wilberforce, details TBA

Friday 26 ~ Noelle Andrews and Randy Frobel, 8pm, $5 suggested.

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

Sunday 26 ~ Open Mic hosted by The Celtic Knights, 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

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 5 ~ Dana Beeler, 8pm, tip jar. Dana's debut album The Long Goodbye was nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards, and she also received the Gold award for Country Artist of the Year in The Coast, Halifax's Weekly's Best of Music fan choice awards. Her follow-up album is in pre-production with producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg, Gabrielle Papillon) and is set for a 2015 release.

In the last year, Dana has opened for artists like Kathleen Edwards, Amelia Curran, and Scarlett Jane, showcased at NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, and East Coast Music Week (among others). She's garnering a lot of attention on the east coast and is thrilled to bring her music to the Branch!

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Saturday 6 ~ Daniel Champagne, 9pm, $10.  One reviewer recently wrote - ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au, Byron Bluesfest, 2014)

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium's Labadoux Festival and Australia's Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco - all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, 'My Own Design' (2009) and 'Wide Eyed and Open' (2010), his first long player 'Pint of Mystery' (2011) and the 'Real Live' offering in 2012. As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf). This globetrotting lifestyle would become the centerpiece of Daniel's next recordings when in 2013, he undertook the ambitious task of delivering two stand-alone albums within the space of twelve months. The Gypsy Moon – Volumes I and II marked a great leap forward for him both as a songwriter and a recording artist, with Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine saying that ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it's like he's realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he's truly ready to explore' 

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has recently signed to US booking agency Fleming Artists and relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist. 

“Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards the main stage to witness a young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper.”
The Firefly Column

“This superb talent can’t be explained by mere words, it must be seen to be believed.” FasterLouder

“Watching Daniel Champagne perform is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art”
The BW Review

“Within the boundaries of Folk, Champagne is an expert” Tone Deaf

“There’s a reason Champagne has an amazing reputation as a live performer” Timber And Steel

“In the short time he's been out there, Champagne has proven that he's a talent you can't possibly ignore. His live shows have drawn rapturous responses from all corners”
Rhythms Magazine

Sunday 7 ~ 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…