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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:

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

Saturday 15 ~ Lynne Hanson, country/roots singer songwriter, cd release! 9pm, $15

Friday 21 ~ Dom DeLuca, indie pop singer-songwriter, 8pm, $5 suggested

Saturday 22 ~ RW Haller with Guest Jamie Clarke of Myrle, 9pm, $6.

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

Friday 28 ~ Kate Weekes, folk singer songwriter, 9pm, $10

Saturday 29 ~ Geoff Smith and Twin Voices, 9pm, $10

December:

Friday 5 ~ Ben Kunder

Saturday 6 ~ Buckledown. 9pm, $10

Saturday 20 ~ Christo Graham

Saturday 27 ~ John Carroll

Wednesday 31 ~ NYE featuring Sin and Swoon***

January: 

Thursday 15 ~ E.B. Anderson and Chris 'Mojo' Martin

Saturday 17 ~ The Steamers

Friday 23 ~ David Dino White

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

February:

Saturday 28 ~ Bryce Jardine, 9pm, $8

March:

Saturday 7 ~ Ross Nielson

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

April:

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

June:

Friday 20 ~ Sweet Alibi

 

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

Music This Week:

Friday 14 ~ Gathering Sparks, folk group, 9pm, $10. GATHERING SPARKS is the graceful collision of Eve Goldberg, Jane Lewis, and Sam Turton—musical friends who bonded over finely tuned harmonies and the craft of songwriting. The trio's inclusive approach embraces blues, gospel, folk, and pop influences tastefully played on acoustic and slide guitar, piano, accordion, ukulele, and banjo.  With their love of participatory group singing and infectious mix of styles, Gathering Sparks is already making waves. Whether they are singing an a capella sea shanty, busting out kazoos for a jazzy swing tune, getting down and low with the blues, or leading a well- known classic, Gathering Sparks performances make fans out of listeners with their stellar harmonies and fine musicianship.

"The combination of three performers plumbing the depths of gospel, folk, and singer-songwriter traditions with talent and grace makes Gathering Sparks one of the most entertaining trios our audience has seen. They couldn't stop raving about them."
- Bob LeDrew, BobCat House Concerts, Ottawa

EVE GOLDBERG has lifted audiences across North America with her heartfelt and insightful songs and solid instrumental work. Her fluid vocals embrace all the styles she loves—folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz—with equal affection and mastery.

JANE LEWIS has followed her love of words from the printing press to the spotlight with soul-bending lyrics, transcendent compositions, and crystal clear vocals. Her thoughtful piano and accordion playing, mastery of harmony, and upbeat presence add a sparkle to any stage.

SAM TURTON brings a powerful delivery, ringing slide guitar, and soulful groove to his songs of personal and social awareness. Inspired by delta blues and southern gospel, Sam's passion is bringing people together in song.
As solo performers, Eve, Jane, and Sam had each carved out their own niche in the folk/roots scene. But when they came together for a one-time triple bill in 2012, there was a certain "spark" that couldn't be denied. The three loved the magic that came from the gathering of their songs, voices, instruments and styles, and a bona fide trio was born.

In April 2014, Gathering Sparks released their first recording—a six-song CD that captures the rich harmonies and instrumentation of the trio's live sound. Band members each take a turn at songwriting and singing lead on original songs in a variety of styles.

"What a delight! Great songs, great singing and lovely harmonies. I'm singing along as if I've known these songs forever."
- Sharon Hampson of Sharon, Lois & Bram

  
Saturday 15 ~  Lynne Hanson, alt country/singer-songwriter, 9pm, $15
“Lynne Hanson is a hard-driving performer, who assumes true ownership of her music and she's gooooood ... she had the crowd mesmerized!” - Elaina Martin, Founder and Producer, Westfest

“More in common with the assured touch of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. Riptide could easily be the best song Welch has yet to write” – UNCUT magazine
Lynne Hanson has been described as a ‘rough around the edges, Americana folkster’ and she has been known to nakedly bare her soul in her words and heart-stinging song-writing. Growing up in the nation’s Capital and learning guitar at the ripe age of 14, Hanson was on a tear of award nomination and collection from 2005 to 2010 with a plethora of releases. After a four-year hiatus, during which she took some time to ‘take control of her personal life’, Hanson is back with some dirt-on-the-road folk-rock with her 2014 album ‘River of Sand’. With Ottawa music oracle Lynn Miles at the production helm, her new record is a self-described “candid canvas of whiskey-soaked heartbreak and personal struggle, contrasted against hope that better times are coming.”

Whether she is making you swoon all by her lonesome, or playing with her band The Good Intentions, the gritty but lively song-stylist has been known to leave a fine shine on the faces of her audiences. Taking the cordial, Clothier Street stage at the Branch on November 15, you won’t want to miss Hanson’s harrowing tales of heart-rending redemption. Call now for reservations!

Sunday 16 ~ Open Mic/Gordon Lightfoot tribute, 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 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… This Sunday is a tribute to the songs of Gordon Lightfoot, hosted by Peter Johnson.  Sign up at the event and although Gordon Lightfoot songs are encouraged, they are not required…

Coming up:

Friday 21 ~ Dom DeLuca, 8pm, $5 suggested. Diving into singer-songwriter waters back in 2008, Dom De Luca has worked hard and, as a result, has enjoyed a fair bit of success along the way. His first record, “Birds of Worry”, nabbed him an invite to the In the Dead of Winter Music Festival in Halifax in 2009. His 2nd record, “A Bell I Gotta Ring”, earned him more radio play and a place on a few Canadian College charts. Now, with his 3rdrecord, “Hosers and Bad Bad Beer”, ready to drop in the fall of 2014, De Luca has already earned another feather for his cap as the catchy/goofy first single, “(He Thinks He's the) Only True Canadian” recently won Folk Music Ontario's Songs From the Heart competition in the sub category of humour. Introspective, romantic, with a lighter side too, Dom De Luca let's it all shine through on songs that range from blunt yet witty put downs of backward thinkers to heart on his sleeve offerings.


LeE HARVeY OsMOND, November 27:

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.  We are announcing this very special event only here in the newsletter and on the website (for now) to give you, our loyal fans, first crack at these limited seats… This show is going to sell out VERY QUICKLY, if you are interested, we’d strongly recommend that you call the restaurant (613-258-3737) to reserve/purchase your ticket today!

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.