Savor an Ontario craft beer, our house-made iced tea or a delicious handmade cocktail, while kicking back to the music of James Gray on Wednesday night (7pm, $5 suggested). James is a singer/ songwriter from Muskoka, Ontario. He has just returned from an extensive tour throughout Canada and Switzerland to promote his sophomore album Bigger Things, produced by Shannon Lyon.
According to Lyon: “James has that uncanny natural ability to cut straight to the heart with emotion and believability, a real gem”. James has shared the stage with many great artists including Suzie Vinnick and Ian Tamblyn. Most notably, James was the musical guest at the TED talks held on the west coast of Canada and most recently his song, Either Way, was featured on CBC's “Ontario Morning”.
On Thursday night, sip a martini and mow down a $12 Branchburger while listening to the cool sounds of Jazz Latte. George Buys and friends were designed to please ears and make toes tap, so come out and show your support (7pm, $5 suggested).
Friday night, we host the return of our friend Marta Pacek, who brings with her a very special guest: Graham Greer!
The very same Graham Greer some of you might remember from the Barstool Prophets. They were kind of a big deal in the 90s. (You might remember his songs Vigilante and Last of the Big Game Hunters.) He is joining Ms. Pacek, who grew up on the outskirts of Australia’s capital Canberra before moving to Melbourne to focus on her music. She began her career writing and recording with Mark Seymour, frontman of iconic Australian group Hunters and Collectors. In 2008, Marta was approached by Toronto-based management and made Toronto (and NYC) her home for 6 years (heading back to Australia when the snow came). After touring around Canada and the US numerous times since then, Marta is on the road again in support of her latest album, Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms. The album, produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Glen Hansard, Angus & Julia Stone), recently won Best Alt Country Album at the Independent Music Awards. Marta is excited come back to The Branch, both for the attentive audience and great food. The show starts at 9pm, and it's only a $10 cover charge. (That's the same price as a Korn cover band in Arnprior, by the way.) This show is not to be missed, and it is selling out, so call us now to reserve your seats!
Don't forget, pretty much every Sunday you can join us at our Open Mic, hosted this week by Doug Wallace, aka Ol' Fog Eye (3pm - 6pm). Remember$6 pints of Beau's Lug-Tread is only on Sundays! Enjoy Canada's best Texas BBQ every day from the Grill, while enjoying local music in the most intimate venue in the region. Call us at 613-258-3737 to place an order or make a reservation.
Thanks for reading!
September 16th ~ James Gray, 7pm, tip jar
September 17th ~ Jazz Latte,7pm, tip jar
September 18th ~ Marta Pacek & Graham Greer, 9pm, $10
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT MARTA:
“It’s hard to go up against the greatness of Dolly Parton, but Marta Pacek sounds like she’s on her way.” Chris Cobcroft, 4ZZZ FM Brisbane, AUS
"She has a bold and vibrant voice that will appeal to fans of Neko Case and Lindi Ortega." Kerry Doole, NewCanadianMusic.ca
THE FACTS ABOUT GRAHAM, ACCORDING TO GRAHAM:
born in Montreal, QC
Graham’s first band Barstool Prophets signed with Mercury Records in 1994
released 2 CDs ‘Crank'(1995) and ‘Last of the Big Game Hunters'(1997) with Mercury
toured Canada and northern US incessantly from 1994-99
singles ‘Paranoia’, ‘Little Death’, ‘Mankindman’, Last of the Big Game Hunters’, ‘Upsidedown’ and ‘Vigilante’ were all Canadian rock radio hits
“Paranoia’ was featured in the Alliance/Atlantis major motion picture ‘Never Talk to Strangers’ starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca Demornay and featured on soundtrack album (released by Scotti Bros. worldwide)
Barstool Prophets disbanded in 1999
released one solo CD in 2003 under the name ‘Moonlight Graham’ mixed by Joe Hardy(ZZ Top, Steve Earle, Tom Cochrane)
released second CD “Grahan Greer”, co-produced by Graham, Joe Hardy and guitarist Todd Huckabone
recently named ‘Best Male’ at 2009 Barrie New Music Awards
recently named Canadian People’s Choice in 2009 NPR Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
song ‘Wire-Walker’ received an ‘Honorable Mention’ in the 2009 New York Songwriter’s Circle
‘Wire-Walker’ received an ‘Honorable Mention’ in 2010 Nashville Songwriters Association Song Contest
song ‘Bring Me Fire’ came 2nd in the Ottawa regional 2010 Virgin Radio Star Songwriting Competition
CD available on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon, as well as via HMV, mymusic.com and at all Chapters/Indigo outlets
Graham has opened club dates for a variety of artists from David Lindley to Dave Matthews and has performed for crowds of up to 15000 in festival settings.
September 20th ~ Open Mic with Doug Wallace, 3pm until 6pm
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
- The Folks at the Branch
ONE LAST THING: like great food and music? The Branch is always looking for the best of the best folks to come and join our team... consider dropping off your resume today!