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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...

Weeknight music: Wednesdays come out to hear Chef Bruce and Friends at 8pm;Thursdays, (unless noted otherwise) enjoy the instrumental slide guitar of the mysterious and legendary Frank Western... Tip jar shows.


April:

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

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

Sunday 5 ~ CLOSED FOR EASTER

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

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


Sunday 12 ~ Open Mic hosted by Peter Johnson, 3-6pm

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

Sunday 19 ~ Amanda's Slip Open Stage Anniversary, hosted by John and Terry Brewer, 2-6pm

Thursday 23 ~ Bruce Enloe and The Burning Sensations--CD RELEASE SHOW!, 8pm, $8

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

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

Sunday 26 ~ Open Mic hosted by Matty McKechnie, 3-6pm

May:

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

June:

Thursday 4 ~ Oh Susanna (with Jim Bryson), 8pm, $25***

Friday 5 ~ Sleepwalk Plaza

Saturday 6 ~ Bella Borealis, cd release show

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

Saturday 13 ~ EB Anderson, 9pm, $10

Friday 19 ~ Keith Glass Trio

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

Friday 26 ~ Carolyn Mark

July:

Saturday 4 ~ Paug Lake Road

Friday 10 ~ Low Country Hill

***Shows marked with asterisks are expected to sell out, we recommend calling ahead to insure a ticket.

Bolded Artists are on tour from outside of the Kemptville/Ottawa area

 

 

Music This Week: 

Weeknight MusicChef 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.  Thursday: come hear the dulcet instrumental slide and lap steel guitar tones of the mysterious and wonderful Frank Western7pm... (Wednesday and Thursday are tip jar shows).

Friday 3 ~ Charlie Sohmer and Fred Guignon, roots/folk, 8pm, $10.  Charlie and Fred have been to the Branch many times, as a duo and as part of the Ottawa folk supergroup "Shirt Tearing Boys"... Fred is also well known as the lead guitarist (lap, slide, resonator...) for local favourite John Carroll's band "The Epic Proportions".  Here's a note from Charlie: "I was born in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, grew up in Montreal,and have lived in and around Ottawa for the last forty years. When I was around ten years old, I had lunch with a famous person, Hector "Toe" Blake - he was then the coach of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team. Actually I had lunch with Toe’s son Bruce who was a school buddy, but when we sat down to eat, in walks his father. I don’t remember him saying much to me, and I don’t even remember what we ate, but he was the coach of the greatest hockey team in history ... and now, wondering where he ever got his nickname "Toe," I see this in Wikipedia: 'His nickname came out of his childhood for his younger sister was unable to pronounce his name. When she said it, it often sounded like Hec-toe, hence Toe as his nickname which later replaced the nickname he had been given as a scorer, the Old Lamplighter, because he often activated the light behind the goal.

These days I mostly play my banjo. I used to write lots of songs to save the world, and that was patriotic and all, but somewhere along the road I stopped being so pissed off at everything, and, as I should have known, the world prefers its saviours pissed-off, so I just stopped writing a lot of ‘those’ songs."

Saturday 4 ~ County Road 5, bluegrass, 8:30pm, $10. Founded in 2006, CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand is a contemporary 5 piece bluegrass band from the heart of Eastern Ontario.  While primarily focusing on bluegrass music, CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand also play old country, folk, pop, gospel and original material as well! – all with a contemporary “bluegrassified” twist to it. Anything goes with this talented ensemble!

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CountyRoad-5-Bluegrass-Band/284282948267391 on the web: http://www.cr5bluegrassband.com/

Sunday 5 ~ CLOSED:  Gone (egg) hunting, see you next week! (...sorry for any inconvenience, Happy Easter!) 

Coming up:

Saturday, April 11 ~ Slocan Ramblers, 9pm, $25.  The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, the Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for memorable, energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship.

With their debut album “Shaking Down the Acorns” receiving wide acclaim (Sing Out! Magazine, Huffington Post etc…), extensive national and international touring under their belt, and a sophomore release in the works for summer 2015, this fearless four piece is sure to keep garnering attention far beyond the traditional bluegrass fan-base.

Thursday, April 16 ~ Jon Brooks9pm, $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.”

Testimonials

“(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 Gillis9pm, $15. She's back!  Book ahead for what is sure to be a fantastic show...
"Ariana Gillis may be the best new emerging 
artist anywhere, PERIOD!"
– 
Dave Marsh, best selling author, former music critic of __
Rolling Stone Magazine & Creem Magazine
That's all for now, thanks for reading!

June 4 ~ Oh Susanna and Jim Bryson, 8pm, $25.  Holy Moly!