Friday July 31 ~ County Road 5 Bluegrass Band, 9pm, $10
ABOUT COUNTY ROAD 5:
If you like jazz, blues, country & traditional bluegrass music, this show is for you! Since 2006, County Road 5 has brought their upbeat toe-tappin', bass slappin' bluegrass show to various festivals & music venues all over Eastern Ontario, quickly becoming a fan favorite. We've hosted them at the Branch several times & it is always a pleasure to witness this group play with passion, genuinely enjoying the show just as much as their audience. Come see for yourself! This Friday, July 31st @ 9pm, $10 cover. They will also have their new CD, "Up North" available.
While primarily focusing on bluegrass music, CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand are known to add some old country, folk, pop, old time, gospel and original material to their concerts– all with a contemporary “bluegrassified” twist. Anything goes with this talented ensemble! The current group consists of:
Dan Potter - mandolin, guitar, lead and harmony vocals Dan does the bulk of the vocal work for our group and writes the majority of our original material.
Barry Garvin - guitar Barry is an experienced player who plays exceptional lead breaks and has great rhythm. His rock, jazz, blues and folk influenced style of playing define our "sound"!
Christine Smith - banjo, lead and harmony vocals Christine's intuitive style of picking has garnered attention everywhere we play. Her vocals are also an essential piece of our over all "sound"!
Dan Buch - fiddle, lead and harmony vocals Dan is an experienced multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin & guitar as well. He also writes some of the original material you will hear from our group.
Jim Bossert - upright bass fiddle From Ottawa, Jim is the newest member of our group. We are excited to have him join us to hold down the "bottom end" of our ensemble. You may have seen Jim in any one of a number of groups from the area, groups ranging from bluegrass to roots to blues to tango. That's right folks, tango! He is a great addition to the musical melting pot that is CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand!
Saturday August 1st ~ Johnny Coull, 9pm, $7
ABOUT JOHNNY COULL:
Johnny Coull is an independent singer-songwriter based in Montreal, Canada. His debut album City on the Hill was released in December 2013. A seasoned pianist, Coull completed the McGill Conservatory classical piano program at a young age, and later obtained his Performer’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has composed music in a range of styles, including pop, blues, jazz and classical, and has performed extensively in and around Montreal, as well as completing a cross-Canada tour in the spring of 2014.
After receiving a public grant to write and record his first full-length album, Coull subsequently organized a successful crowdfunding and pre-sales campaign to finance the remainder of the project. City on the Hill was recorded at Montreal’s legendary Studio Victor the following summer.
Stylistically, Coull has been described as “a singer-songwriter and a first-rate storyteller with a sound somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel […]”, and in live performance has been lauded as “a veteran pianist, […] skilled at showing off his virtuosity and his voice.”
His new EP, Songs to Control the Weather By, recorded with the band in December 2014, was released on May 29th, 2015.
Sunday August 2nd ~ Open Mic hosted by Greg Kelly, 3pm until 6pm
ABOUT GREG KELLY:
After years of writing songs in the Folk, Folk-Country vein, Greg finally decided to do something with them, and the result was the release in 2008 of “Broken Windows”, a collection of songs garnered over a period of over 35 years. This was followed by the 2012 release of “Slow Horses”, which contains songs written during the period between albums as well as some songs from way back.
Greg writes about life situations: Heartbreak, triumph, small town scenarios, and the odd love song thrown in for good measure.
Greg runs a weekly open mic on Tuesday evenings so that aspiring songwriters can get a feel for the stage and for veteran songwriters to workshop new material as well as for any person who just wants to get up and perform.
He also co-ordinates a monthly songwriters forum in Ottawa called “Writers Bloc”, in which a group of songwriters challenge each other to write songs and then play them in front of their peers for critiquing. Sometimes gentle….
Friday 31 ~ County Road 5 Bluegrass Band, 9pm, $10
Saturday 1 ~ Johnny Coull, 9pm, $7
Thursday 6 ~ Sarah Jane Scouten ft. Derek Harrison, 8pm, $10***
Friday 7 ~ George Buys, 8pm, tip jar
Saturday 8 ~ Tom Savage, 8pm, tip jar
Wednesday 12 ~ Amanda Giles, 7pm, tip jar***
Saturday 15 ~ Allison Brown, 9pm, $5
Friday 21 ~ Yvan Volle, 9pm
Saturday 22 ~ Gold and Marrow, 9pm
Friday 28 ~ Sun Harmonic, 9pm
Saturday 29 ~ Lowell Friesen, 8pm, $5 suggested
Thursday 3 ~ Liz Stringer, 8pm, $10 suggested
Friday 4 ~ Bryce Jardine & Derek Harrison, 9pm, $10 suggested
Friday 18 ~ Marta Pacek & Graham Greer, 9pm, $10***
Friday 25 ~ Hank's Hangover, 9pm
Friday 2 ~ Charlie Sohmer Trio, 9pm
Saturday 3 ~ Trevor Alguire, 9pm, $15
Thursday 8 ~ Jon Brooks, 8pm
Friday 9 ~ Ian Reid, 9pm
Friday 16 ~ Steve Parisien, 9pm
Friday 23 ~ Cam Penner, 9pm
Saturday 24 ~ The Noisy Locomotive, 9pm
Thursday 29 ~ Daniel Champagne, 8pm
Friday 30 ~ Lynne Hanson & the Good Intentions, CD Release, 9pm, $15
Friday 6 ~ Meaghan Blanchard, 9pm
Saturday 7 ~ Brad Sucks, 9pm***
Saturday 14 ~ Ginger St. James, 9pm, $15***
NEXT YEAR (2016):
Friday April 8th, 2016 ~ Craig Cardiff
Friday October 28th, 2016 ~ Claude Bourbon, 9pm, $10
***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